Two people have died from their injuries after participating in an outdoor rally on Friday (Mar 10) to protest the South Korean Constitutional Court's decision to dismiss Park Geun Hye as president.
"As much as our position pertaining to national security should remain unwavering regardless of the domestic political situation, we will continue to maintain steady preparedness in close cooperation with our diplomatic and security agencies with regards to North Korea", government officials in Seoul said.
A South Korean presidential election to choose a successor to ousted leader Park Geun-hye will be free and fair and held by May 9 at the latest, the election commission chairman said on Saturday.
A snap presidential election will be held within 60 days.
"Park Geun-hye is an ignorant and uncouth dictator who squandered the taxpayer's precious money for her own complacency and pleasure", the piece read.
Aidan George Foster-Carter, Korea expert and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Leeds University argues that the South Korean public "is not very divided".
Both Kim and Choi expressed concern that a potential future left-wing government may reverse the decision to deploy the US-built Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), a defensive missile system.More news: 'Fearless Girl': New statue stares down Wall Street's bull
April 16, 2014: The sinking of the Sewol ferry with the death of 304 people, a lot of them school children. Liberal Moon Jae-in, who lost to Park in the 2012 election, now enjoys a comfortable lead in opinion polls.
Reading the decision, acting Chief Justice Lee Jung-mi said: "The negative effects of the president's actions and their repercussions are grave, and the benefits to defending the Constitution by removing her from office are overwhelmingly large".
Millions demonstrated every weekend on the streets calling for her to step down.
Dozens of protesters and police officers were also wounded in the scuffles. As to what impact will the impeachment have on relations between Washington and Seoul, Goa said:"More recently the USA is very aggressive in terms of deploying the THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea despite widespread opposition in South Korea". Park has not made a public statement on her removal. She has also been accused of allowing Choi to secretly meddle in state affairs, including economic policy and Seoul's relations with the North Korean regime in Pyongyang.
Besides a possible criminal trial for Ms Park, there is also the ongoing prosecution of Ms Choi.
His father was a menial worker at a prisoner-of-war camp in Geoje while his mother peddled eggs in the nearby port city of Busan, with the baby Moon strapped to her back, the politician wrote in his autobiography.
For months Ms Park has refused to make herself available for questioning by prosecutors.