As acting Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, I am serving as spokesman of the Government of the Republic of Korea responsible for publicizing government affairs. I am writing this letter to inform you of the direction that the Korean Government will be taking in administering state affairs in the wake of the ruling yesterday by the Korean Constitutional Court upholding the impeachment of the President. I hope this short letter will be helpful in giving you a clearer perspective of the Korean situation going forward.
In the face of the unprecedented situation involving the removal from office of the President, the Korean Government has been carrying out state affairs stably, with all ministries and agencies functioning as usual under the leadership of the acting President and Prime Minister.
More than anything else, the Government will continue to maintain firm security readiness. North Korea continues its provocations with nuclear tests and missile launches in order to enhance their sophistication. While maintaining a watertight defense posture, the Government will work closely together with the international community to resolutely respond to any provocation.
The Government has been monitoring and managing the financial and foreign exchange markets in a stable manner and maintaining the sovereign credit rating. For that purpose, we are proactively responding to various risk factors by solidifying the current economic emergency response system while swiftly coping with situational changes.
In addition, we will fairly and transparently administer the next presidential election to be held within 60 days and make special efforts in assisting the transition in accordance with democratic procedures so that the incoming administration can be launched in a stable manner.
The Government is certain that Korean society will become an even stronger democracy based on the mature civic consciousness of the people, which has been demonstrated during the recent protests.
Thank you very much again for your interests so far in the Republic of Korea and the Korean Government.