North Korea Warns South, U.S. Over 'Reckless' War Games

(CNN)

South Korea named a new defense minister Friday to replace the official who resigned Thursday amid heavy criticism due to North Korea's sinking of a warship in March and Tuesday's deadly shelling of an inhabited island.

South Korea's government nominated Kim Kwan Jin as defense minister, a Blue House media official told CNN.

The National Assembly will hold a confirmation hearing before Kim formally takes office.

Former Defense Minister Kim Tae-young, a former general, resigned after coming under heavy criticism for the sinking of the South Korean war ship Cheonan and again after North Korea struck Yeonpyeong Island on Tuesday.