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SKorean Cabinet nominee resigns amid loyalty row

Tuesday - 3/5/2013, 5:30am  ET

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A Korean American handpicked to head South Korea's new science and technology ministry has resigned suddenly and returned to the U.S. in a setback for the country's recently-elected president.

Jeong H. Kim, who moved to the U.S. with his parents at age 15, blamed political wrangling over the responsibilities of the science and technology ministry for his decision.

President Park Geun-hye's nomination of Kim, a former head of Bell Labs, was meant to highlight the new government's openness to overseas talent and innovation in a country where the economy is dominated by family-owned conglomerates.

But political opponents questioned Kim's loyalty to South Korea and his links to the Central Intelligence Agency as a former member of its board of external advisers.


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