The world reacts to passing of impeachment motion

Media around the world were quick to reporton the historic impeachment of President Park Geun-hye.

Hwang Hojun has a wrap upThe passing of the motion to impeach President Park Geun-hye has madeheadlines around theworld.

Correspondents from international news agencies,including CNN and Al Jazeera, covered the voting process live, and immediately reportingthe result.

The foreign press is calling the impeachmenta stunning and swift fall for the country’s first female leader amid protests that ledmillions of people to take to the streets.

The New York Times even noted that the scandalprovided the latest example of how corruption and influence-peddling still remain a pressingconcern in Korea's top political and corporate society.

The news has also been closely monitored bythe media in neighboring countries.

China's state-run media, including CCTV andXinhua News, reported the impeachment as breaking news.

China's foreign ministry spokesperson saidin a statement that although the impeachment motion is Korea's internal matters and notChina's to meddle with, Beijing wishes the political situation in Seoul to get back tonormal as soon as possible.

Reports in Japan said the vote means Koreanpolitics will remain in turmoil for a long time to come, that it could affect both internaland external affairs, including the Korea-Japan relationship.

The Japanese government has not given an officialresponse yet.

But as President Park's powers are now suspendedas the Constitutional Court will deliberate on the passed impeachment motion,Tokyo is expected to be attentive to how things develop from now on, especially after thetwo countries recently signed a landmark bilateral agreement to share military intelligence onthreats from North Korea.

Hwang Hojun, Arirang News.