07:25 GMT09 August 2020
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    South Korean President Park Geun-hye has announced that she is ready to give testimony with regard to the scandal involving her friend and "shadow adviser" Choi Soon-sil, if necessary.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — In a state address aired on South Korean television on Friday, Park said she was "sincerely apologizing" and said she will take part in the investigation if need be. The South Korean leader admitted that the current difficult situation is her "mistake."

    On Thursday, a South Korean court issued a warrant to arrest Choi Soon-sil who is suspected of using her friendship with the president to influence state affairs as well as embezzling funds from non-profit organizations.

    On Wednesday, South Korean prosecutors asked a local court to issue an arrest warrant for Choi after placing her into detention earlier in the week.

    On October 24, the JTBC television network reported that Choi allegedly received drafts of Park’s speeches before they were publicly delivered, though she had never held a public post. The following day, Park officially admitted asking Choi for advice on speeches and public relations issues, and apologized for causing public concern.

    The South Korean leader said on Friday that she has given orders to her administration and secretariat to actively cooperate with the investigation.

    The scandal has already caused massive protests in the country. In order to calm the public discontent Park has appointed a new senior adviser for political affairs and a new chief of staff.

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