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By Eom Da-sol
Major foreign media outlets have covered in detail the Constitutional Court’s decision on Friday to uphold the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. Japan’s NHK, China’s CCTV and CNBC in the U.S. live-streamed the court’s announcement. CNN was the most aggressive with “PARK OUT” as top headline of its website.
1. The United Kingdom
The Guardian said “South Korea must elect a new president at a time of widespread anger at the state of the economy,” and expected presidential hopeful Moon Jae-in to seek dialogue with North Korea and China on nuclear missile testing and the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile battery deployment. It also anticipated “political stability” in Korea after the impeachment.
Japanese broadcasting company TV Asahi was concerned about the future relationship of Seoul and Tokyo. It said: “Considering the last North Korean missile test that breached the Japanese border, South Korea is clearly a nation to cooperate with. But after the impeachment, there lies a possibility of Seoul reducing its hostile attitude toward Pyongyang.”
3. North Korea
Extraordinarily, even North Korea’s national broadcasting agency delivered the news. Korean Central TV said: “After the continued demand of South Koreans for the impeachment of Park, the Constitutional Court officially ousted the president.”