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              FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2017, file photo provided by the South Korean Presidential House, impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye...

              A protester wearing a mask, attends during a rally calling for impeachment of President Park Geun-hye near the Constitutional Court in ...

              FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2016, file photo, South Korean President Park Geun-hye makes a live televised address in Seoul, South Korea. So...

              Protesters shout slogans during a rally calling for impeachment of President Park Geun-hye near the Constitutional Court in Seoul, Sout...

              Protesters shout slogans during a rally calling for impeachment of President Park Geun-hye near the Constitutional Court in Seoul, Sout...

              Supporters of South Korean President Park Geun-hye wave national flags during a rally opposing her impeachment near the Constitutional ...

              Supporters of South Korean President Park Geun-hye shout slogans during a rally opposing her impeachment near the Constitutional Court ...

              Supporters of South Korean President Park Geun-hye wave national flags during a rally opposing her impeachment near the Constitutional ...

              Protesters shout slogans during a rally calling for impeachment of President Park Geun-hye near the Constitutional Court in Seoul, Sout...

              Supporters of South Korean President Park Geun-hye stage a rally opposing her impeachment near the Constitutional Court in Seoul, South...

              Protesters shout slogans during a rally calling for impeachment of President Park Geun-hye near the Constitutional Court in Seoul, Sout...

              Supporters of South Korean President Park Geun-hye watch a broadcast live of a Constitutional Court decision on a smart phone during a ...

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2017, file photo provided by the South Korean Presidential House, impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye...

A protester wearing a mask, attends during a rally calling for impeachment of President Park Geun-hye near the Constitutional Court in ...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2016, file photo, South Korean President Park Geun-hye makes a live televised address in Seoul, South Korea. So...

Protesters shout slogans during a rally calling for impeachment of President Park Geun-hye near the Constitutional Court in Seoul, Sout...

Protesters shout slogans during a rally calling for impeachment of President Park Geun-hye near the Constitutional Court in Seoul, Sout...

Supporters of South Korean President Park Geun-hye wave national flags during a rally opposing her impeachment near the Constitutional ...

Supporters of South Korean President Park Geun-hye shout slogans during a rally opposing her impeachment near the Constitutional Court ...

Supporters of South Korean President Park Geun-hye wave national flags during a rally opposing her impeachment near the Constitutional ...

Protesters shout slogans during a rally calling for impeachment of President Park Geun-hye near the Constitutional Court in Seoul, Sout...

Supporters of South Korean President Park Geun-hye stage a rally opposing her impeachment near the Constitutional Court in Seoul, South...

Protesters shout slogans during a rally calling for impeachment of President Park Geun-hye near the Constitutional Court in Seoul, Sout...

Supporters of South Korean President Park Geun-hye watch a broadcast live of a Constitutional Court decision on a smart phone during a ...

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on South Korean President Park Geun-hye's removal from office Friday by the Constitutional Court (all times local):

1:55 p.m.

Japan's top diplomat says it will continue to work with a South Korean government led by the successor of ousted President Park Geun-hye.

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters Friday that he would not comment on the court ruling that removed the impeached president, citing internal politics.

Kishida says both countries must work on the "comfort women" dispute that has strained their relations for decades. He says he hopes Tokyo and South Korea's new government can implement a 2015 agreement they signed to fully resolve the impasse over sexual exploitation of the women by Japan for its troops before and during World War II.

Kishida says Japan has no immediate plan to send back the ambassador it temporarily recalled to protest a "comfort woman" statue built outside of its consulate in the South Korean city of Busan.

11:55 a.m.

The United States says the removal of South Korean President Park Geun-hye is a domestic issue that doesn't affect its strong alliance with the country.

The Constitutional Court formally removed the impeached Park from office Friday over a corruption scandal.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner says the U.S. will continue to work with the acting president, Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, and looks forward to whomever South Koreans choose in a presidential election to be held within two months.

Toner says Park's removal is "a domestic issue on which the United States takes no position," and that it's up to the South Korean people to determine their country's future.

He says the two nations' alliance "will continue to be a linchpin of regional stability and security."


Updated : 2021-01-24 21:48 GMT+08:00