Yonhap News Summary
The following is the first summary of major stories moved by Yonhap News Agency on Friday.
(4th LD) Court upholds impeachment of Park, removes her from office
SEOUL -- The Constitutional Court unanimously upheld the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye on Friday, removing her from office after a 92-day leadership crisis and triggering a presidential election in the weeks to come.
The ruling, which was announced by the court's acting chief and televised live, made Park the nation's first democratically elected leader to be ouste
U.S. reaffirms alliance, expresses hope for 'productive relationship' with next S. Korean president
WASHINGTON -- The United States said Thursday it will continue to be a "steadfast ally" of South Korea and expressed hope for "a productive relationship" with the country's next president after former President Park Geun-hye was ousted from office.
"We will continue to work with Prime Minister Hwang (Kyo-ahn) for the remainder of his tenure as acting President, and we look forward to a productive relationship with whomever the people of South Korea elect to be their next president," State Department acting spokesman Mark Toner said.
(LEAD) Park's ouster will not affect inter-Korean policy: ministry
SEOUL-- South Korea's unification ministry said Friday that it will unwaveringly pursue its inter-Korean policy for peaceful unification regardless of the Constitutional Court's decision to uphold the impeachment of former President Park Geun-hye.
Earlier in the day, the eight justices at the top court unanimously ruled to unseat Park, who was impeached by parliament in December over a corruption scandal involving her and her close confidante.
S. Koreans celebrate ouster of scandal-hit Park
SEOUL -- South Koreans who took to the streets over the past months demanding Park Geun-hye's impeachment welcomed the Constitutional Court's decision Friday to oust her with acclamation and tears.
Supporters of the disgraced former president's impeachment, who gathered in the early morning near the Constitutional Court in central Seoul, erupted in joy after the court's eight justices unanimously ruled against Park, with some shedding tears.
Biz groups urge efforts to move forward following impeachment
SEOUL -- South Korea's major business groups urged the nation and its people to quickly turn their attention to what they called urgent and important issues facing the economy, saying that the issue that has caused an enormous drain on national strength has finally come to an end.
Such calls came shortly after the Constitutional Court upheld the National Assembly's decision to impeach former President Park Geun-hye, immediately removing her from office.
Top regulator says no need for anxiety about financial market
SEOUL -- South Korea's top financial regulator assured local and foreign investors on Friday that the unprecedented impeachment of the country's president won't deal a serious blow to the financial market.
Yim Jong-yong, chairman of the Financial Services Commission (FSC), stressed the nation's financial market has experience in successfully riding out a more difficult situation.
(Yonhap Feature) Gov't officials in Sejong worried about possible reorganization
SEJONG -- With South Korea gearing up for a presidential election, talk of the large-scale reorganization of government ministries and agencies is becoming a hot topic at offices in the government complex in Sejong, home to about 13,000 civil servants.
With leading presidential candidates, including the current front-runner Moon Jae-in of the main opposition Democratic Party, churning out their visions and pledges including plans on government restructuring over the months, it seems a foregone conclusion that a shakeup will occur in the near future.
N. Korea shows activity at nuclear test site in possible preparation for new test: 38 North
WASHINGTON -- Fresh satellite imagery shows continued activity at North Korea's nuclear test facilities in what could be an effort to prepare for its sixth nuclear test, a U.S. website monitoring the North said Thursday.
Commercial satellite imagery taken March 7 of the North's Punggye-ri test site indicates activity at the North Portal, the main administrative area and the command center, the website 38 North said in a report.