South Korea Politics
If Moon Jae-in reverses policy on the deployment of THAAD missile defence system, it will place him at odds with United States, South Korea’s biggest ally.
The Constitutional Court dismissed Park Geun-hye from office on Friday when it upheld a parliamentary impeachment vote in December.
Park Geun-hye becomes South Korea’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from office, capping months of paralysis and turmoil over a corruption scandal that also landed the head of the Samsung conglomerate in jail.
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China objects to the THAAD deployment, saying its territory is the target of the system’s far-reaching radar. South Korea and the United States have said the missile system is aimed only at curbing North Korean provocations.
“The government will ensure that all the humanitarian and developmental organizations have unimpeded access to the needy population across the country,” Kiir said in a speech to parliament.
Mattis, in his first trip abroad as Pentagon chief, vowed to strengthen ties in talks with South Korean Prime Minister and acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn.
Since the reality is the Korean peninsula is in a quasi-war-like state, such action made by the government is appropriate,” Ban Ki-moon said.
Lee Do-woon, Ban’s spokesman, was quick to distance Ban from an indictment filed against Ban’s younger brother and his nephew in a Manhattan federal court.
Large crowds of South Koreans gathered to demand the ouster of impeached Park Geun-hye, who’s determined to restore her powers through a court trial.
Choi Soon-sil will be questioned on charges of bribery and transferring embezzled assets abroad, Lee told a briefing.
“I’d like to say that I’m deeply sorry to the people because my negligence and lack of virtue,” impeached President Park Geun-hye said.
South Korea’s parliament introduced a bill on Thursday to impeach President Park Geun-hye, setting the stage for a historic vote to oust the embattled leader engulfed in an influence-peddling scandal. Parliament is expected to vote on Friday in favour of
Park Geun-hye’s lawyer Yoo Yeong-ha rejected the assertion she was involved, calling it an imagination and saying prosecutors have built a house of fantasy.
“It’s correct we’re planning to question the President Park Geun-hye but the date is undecided,” an official at the prosecutors’ office said.
Park Geun-hye was born on February 2, 1952, in Daegu, in the North Gyeongsang Province of South Korea. Read Park Geun-hye Biography and Profile.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye has pledged to cooperate with prosecutors in an investigation.
“It is hard to forgive myself and sleep at night with feelings of sorrow,” South Korean President Park Geun-hye, 64, said, her voice trembling.
Choi Soon-sil, 60, arrived at the prosecutor’s office in handcuffs and a surgical mask and wearing a dark coat, escorted by correctional officers.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye accepted the resignations tendered by her three closest aides — Jeong Ho-seong, Lee Jae-man and Ahn Bong-geun.
President Park Geun-hye is the latest South Korean leader to be embroiled in scandal involving family or friends.