UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon was formally nominated as U.N. secretary-general on Monday, only hours after North Korea defied the world body by announcing a nuclear test.
The U.N. Security Council voted by acclamation, thereby effectively anointing Ban as successor to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, whose 10 years in office expire on December 31, said Japan's U.N. Ambassador, Kenzo Oshima, this month's council president.
Six other candidates for the job had withdrawn, leaving members to vote only for Ban.
The 192-member U.N. General Assembly must give final approval to Ban's nomination, which usually follows within a week or two. That vote is expected to be positive.
I found this very ironic that this happed on the same weekend North Korea set us up the bomb.