Korea's Constitutional Court is holding the eighth hearing in the impeachment trial of President Park Geun-hye. Kim Chong, the former second vice minister of culture, sports, and tourism, appeared in court this morning as witness.
Kim is suspected of hiring people to posts in the sports and culture sectors that were recommended by Choi Soon-sil, the woman at the center of the ongoing scandal. Kim said that he didn't know Choi was acquainted with the president and added he received direct orders from former presidential chief of staff Kim Ki-choon on sports-related issues.
Prime Minister and acting leader Hwang Kyo-ahn addressed the nation today in an hour-long press conference, where he put extra emphasis on national security and economic revitalization. Prime Minister Hwang vowed full defense readiness against any North Korean threats and said South Korea will continue to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions via a strong alliance with the new Trump administration in the US. Nothing that North Korea's nuclear and missile threats are ever-present, Prime Minister Hwang stressed that Seoul is committed to deploying the THAAD missile defense system as soon as possible to protect the nation and its people. The prime minister also pledged to stabilize people's livelihoods and manage potential risks against rising uncertainties.
Source: Arirang News