SEOUL, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- South Korea's Unification Minister has offered to resign over the North's nuclear test but it wasn't clear if President Roh Moo-hyun accepted it.
Roh's spokesman said Unification Minister Lee Jong-seok, who had been leading the "peace and prosperity policy" toward North Korea, made his offer at a meeting with the president, reports Japan's Kyodo news agency.
The reported resignation offer from Lee, who came under criticism after the North's Oct. 9 nuclear test, follows a similar one from Defense Minister Yoon Kwang-ung, the report said.
Local reports said the offer will be accepted since the South Korean president is planning a Cabinet reshuffle next week.
''I have thought it is necessary for a more qualified figure to take over this post at a time all efforts for peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and reconciliation between the South and the North have been subject to indiscriminate criticism and become topics for political wrangling,'' Lee was quoted as telling reporters.
He also expressed confidence that despite the setback, the engagement policy with the North will be accomplished, the report said.