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Air Force general picked to oversee defense ministry's N. Korea policy

All Headlines 14:31 February 02, 2018

SEOUL, Feb. 2 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's defense ministry has chosen a two-star Air Force general to lead its North Korea policy team, informed sources said Friday, despite speculation that a retired military official or a civilian would be installed in the new post.

The Ministry of National Defense received the Cabinet approval last month on its plan to create the director general-level position.

It had been in search for a candidate amid the North's peace offensive that led to a deal to hold inter-Korean military talks.

"Maj. Gen. Park In-ho has been nominated," a source said. "He will likely be appointed formally after (Defense) Minister Song Young-moo returns from an overseas trip."

A graduate of South Korea's Air Force Academy, he served as chief of strategy and planning at the nuclear and weapons of mass destruction response center at the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also led the air and space operation team at the Air Force Operations Command and worked as director general of policy planning at the defense ministry.

If he assumes the new post, he will play a role as the ministry's "control tower" on handling North Korea affairs, which includes military dialogue.

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