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S Korea defence chief resigns

world Updated: Nov 26, 2010 00:05 IST

President Lee Myung-bak accepted the resignation of Defence Minister Kim Tae-young on Thursday amid intense criticism over the South's response to an artillery attack by North Korea two days earlier and the sinking of a warship in March.

"There was a need to revamp the military landscape," a senior government official said. "It was time." It was expected that his replacement would be named on Friday.