Korean prosecutors to summon ousted president

But she had remained at the presidential Blue House since the verdict, citing the need to fix her private home in southern Seoul before moving in.

Ms. Park vacated the presidential complex, accompanied by tight security, two days after the Constitutional Court verdict removing her from office over a massive corruption scandal.

The Unification Ministry says that the North Korean media is focusing on an upcoming presidential election in South Korea, which will be held earlier than scheduled, following the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye last week.

Nine senior presidential advisers tendered their resignations to acting leader Hwang Kyo-ahn, Yonhap news agency reported, citing unidentified government officials.

Ms Park faces questioning over claims that she colluded with a friend to extort money from the electronics giant Samsung. Three people died and dozens were injured in violent clashes between Park's supporters and police following the court's ruling.

The Blue House said Park had left the dogs partly because it would not be good for the puppies to be uprooted from their home and denied they had been abandoned.

As president, Park repeatedly refused to make herself available for questioning, but has now been stripped of the executive privilege that gave her immunity from prosecution.

Ms Park said through a spokesman that she felt sorry she could not complete her term but added that the truth would come out, striking a defiant tone about the prospect of facing an investigation.

South Korea's main opposition party has called Park's statement "shocking" and "very regrettable" because she did not express remorse.

She became the country's first democratically elected president to be removed from office.

  • Arturo Norris