I linked yesterday to a Dong-A piece on Jeong H Kim, the Korean-American guy who has been named by Park Geun-hye to be her minister of science and technology.

As I noted, the guy has a compelling life story. Unfortunately, the Chosun Ilbo notes that said compelling story includes a stint on a CIA External Advisory Board. He also served as director of venture capital firm In-Q-Tel, founded in 1999 with CIA money.

Needless to say, this has some folk—particularly in the political opposition—asking questions. Namely, they’re asking whether it’s appropriate to name a guy with a record working for a foreign intelligence organization as a minister.

Cheong Wa Dae is sticking with their guy, though, and a nameless Saenuri Party lawmaker told the Chosun Ilbo that there are pro-North Korean lawmakers in the National Assembly, too, so there’s no big deal here.