Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani highlighted ,during a meeting with former Iraqi oil minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi in Tehran, the importance of efforts to combat terrorism in Iraq and said closer cooperation among Middle Eastern nations is needed to defeat terrorist groups like Daesh. The Counter-terrorism is the most important issues for regional countries, Iraq in “The issue of combatting terrorism has great depth and complexity and, definitely, defeating these (terrorist) groups, especially Daesh, necessitates making extensive efforts and cooperation among regional countries,” he said. Iranian parliamentarian added that in the current juncture, the resolution of security problems in Iraq is of high importance because the country plays a central role in regional developments. Amid tensions in Iraq, Iran is known as the first country to help the Arab country and has always voiced support for Iraq’s solidarity and prosperity.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday refused to testify in a case that will decide her future following her impeachment over a corruption scandal, forcing the Constitutional Court to delay the start of oral arguments.
After Park’s refusal, the nine-justice court asked her to testify on Thursday, when some of her current and former aides are also scheduled to testify. Her no-show brought criticism from lawmakers, who serve as prosecutors in the trial.
The National Assembly passed the motion to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal, Friday. Park was suspended from office at 7:03 p.m. immediately after the result was officially delivered to the presidential office, and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn began working as acting head of state. The President’s fate is now in the hands of the Constitutional Court, which is expected to make a ruling on whether the impeachment was valid in a few months.
President Park Geun-hye said Tuesday that she will accept the result of an impeachment vote on Friday and will wait for the Constitutional Court’s verdict if the motion is passed. Instead of making a much-expected fourth national address on the scandal involving her and her friend Choi Soon-sil, Park met with Saenuri Party Chairman Rep. Lee Jung-hyun and floor leader Rep. Chung Jin-suk, and said she will “calmly” accept the result of the vote.