TOKYO (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, 234 lawmakers of the 300-seat parliament voted in favor Park's impeachment over the ongoing political and scandal.
"In a current difficult situation there is a high probability of North Korea's attempts to provoke chaos in the country, and, that is why, the armed forces must not only fully comply with their military duty with determination and patriotism but also to to increase their vigilance and readiness," Hwang said, as quoted by the Yonhap news agency.
According to the media outlet, South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo on Friday ordered to boost the combat readiness of the armed forces in connection with president's impeachment.
A political scandal around the president broke out in late October when media reported that Park allowed Choi Soon-sil, her friend and "shadow adviser," who held no official post, to edit her speeches thus letting her influence the country's policy. Moreover, Choi was suspected of pressuring South Korean big corporations and extorting money from them for her non-commercial funds.