Park says she is not part of re­li­gious cult, shaman­is­tic rit­u­als

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Seoul: South Korea’s Pres­i­dent Park Geun- hye on Fri­day ap­peared tear­ful as she apol­o­gised for the in­flu­ence ped­dling scan­dal that has rocked her ad­min­is­tra­tion. In a live tele­vised ad­dress, she de­nied be­ing a part of any re­li­gious cult or shaman­is­tic rit­u­als and said “It is not true that I am a cult fol­lower and held shaman­is­tic rit­u­als at the pres­i­den­tial Blue House.

The 64-year-old leader added that her “heart was break­ing” over the scan­dal and said that she will fully co­op­er­ate with pros­e­cu­tors in their in­quiry. She fur­ther said that ev­ery per­son in­volved should be held up to scru­tiny, in­clud­ing her­self. “My heart is break­ing for hav­ing caused pain and to those govern­ment of­fi­cials and peo­ple in the field and the in­dus­tries who helped me, I have caused huge dis­ap­point­ment to you, I feel re­ally sorry. Ev­ery­thing is my fault and my mis­take and I feel huge re­spon­si­bil­ity for this,” Park said.

She fur­ther said “I will fully co­op­er­ate with the pros­e­cu­tors’ in­ves­ti­ga­tion. If nec­es­sary, I am will­ing to be in­ves­ti­gated by them and will ac­cept a probe by an in­de­pen­dent coun­sel.”

Pres­i­dent Park Geun-hye.

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