S Korean Defense Minister Orders to Boost Combat Readiness

© AP Photo / Ahn Young-joonSouth Korean army soldiers ride a K-1 tank during the annual exercise in Paju, South Korea, near the border with North Korea
South Korean army soldiers ride a K-1 tank during the annual exercise in Paju, South Korea, near the border with North Korea - Sputnik International
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South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-goo ordered on Friday to strengthen the combat readiness of all branches of armed forces on Friday in relation to a vote to impeach President Park Geun-hye.

TOKYO (Sputnik) – According to the Yonhap news agency, Han will also conduct negotiations via video linkup with all military headquarters.

People react after impeachment vote on South Korean President Park Geun-hye was passed, in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, December 9, 2016. The sign reads Impeach Park Geun-hye. - Sputnik International
South Korean Parliament Votes in Favor of President's Impeachment

Earlier in the day, the South Korean parliament voted 234-56 to impeach Park.

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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