December 09, 2023

Nominee to lead ROK military comes out against military pact with North Korea

Kim Myung-soo says CMA has constrained military but faces scrutiny over personal conduct and alleged lack of experience

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s nominee for the country’s highest-ranking military position voiced skepticism about the value of a 2018 military deal with North Korea this week, while facing a barrage of questions about his personal conduct at a confirmation hearing.

Yoon picked three-star Navy Vice Admiral Kim Myung-soo to serve as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) on Oct. 29, with the nominee only promoted to four-star rank after his selection.