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S Korean PM Warns of Pyongyang's Provocations Amid Impeachment of President Park

© REUTERS / Jeon Heon-Kyun/PoolSouth Korean President Park Geun-Hye bows during an address to the nation, at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, 29 November 2016
South Korean President Park Geun-Hye bows during an address to the nation, at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, 29 November 2016 - Sputnik International
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South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn did not rule out on Friday that North Korea would carry out some provocations amid impeachment of President Park Geun-hye.

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.

People watch a television broadcast of a news report on President Park Geun-hye releasing a statement to the public in Seoul, South Korea, November 29, 2016. - Sputnik International
South Korean President Accepts Parliament's Impeachment Vote
The impeachment now has to be approved or rejected by the country’s constitutional court and the review on the legitimacy of the motion may take up to 180 days. According to country's constitution, the prime minister is receiving presidential powers for that period.

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.

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