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Presidential Questioning Canceled, Choi Appears Voluntarily

17:44 February 09, 2017 replay time02:19

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[Anchor]

The face-to-face questioning of President Park Geun-hye by the independent counsel, originally planned for today, was canceled.

Faced with an unexpected response from the president’s side, the independent counsel is preparing for their next move.

Kim Bo-yun has more from the office of the independent counsel.

[Reporter]

The independent counsel seemed quite startled at the cancelation of the presidential questioning originally planned for today. They are, however, also saying that it was not a scenario they did not at all see coming.

It seems like the independent counsel did not expect the questioning would go smoothly, either.

For now, the president’s side is arguing that the independent counsel leaked information that was supposed to remain secret.

Many in the independent counsel are of the opinion that this is excessive fault-finding.

Some are even criticizing that the president, already charged as a perpetrator, is trying to bargain with the independent counsel.

Despite the obstruction by the president’s side, the independent counsel is standing by their position that they will proceed with the questioning schedule without backing down.

The independent counsel has been quite flexible as a courtesy to the incumbent president, even choosing the Blue House as the venue.

They will try to reschedule with the Blue House for now. However, if the president’s side still fails to cooperate, the counsel could notify them unilaterally of a fixed date.

The prosecutors will hold meetings internally and announce further details in the afternoon briefing.

[Anchor]

In contrast, is it true that Choi Soon-sil, who has been refusing to appear for investigations so far, has decided to appear voluntarily?

[Reporter]

Yes, Choi Soon-sil will appear an hour later for an investigation by the independent counsel.

Previously, Choi continued to refuse to appear.

The prosecutors were planning to apply for a third warrant because they did not expect Choi to respond, but Choi unexpectedly expressed her will to appear voluntarily.

The counsel plans to take this opportunity to question Choi about all the charges made so far.

First, they will question her about receiving bribes from Samsung and her involvement in drafting the artist blacklist.

In particular, the counsel has already concluded that the president is an accomplice in these two charges.

The independent counsel, getting ready to question the president face-to-face, will collect and confirm additional evidence through this investigation.

However, it is difficult to predict whether Choi, who exercised her right to remain silent when she was summoned with an arrest warrant, will talk today.

Kim Bo-yun reporting for Yonhap News TV from the prosecutors’ office.

Yonhap News TV: 02-398-4441 (Inquiry on article) 4409 (Report), KakaoTalk/LINE jebo23

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