President Park Geun-hye called for a thorough probe on Monday into a snowballing bribery scandal.
It came after her embattled prime minister offered to quit over his alleged involvement in the scandal that has rocked South Korea.
Park said in a written comment that the prosecution should conduct a thorough investigation, adding she feels the agony of the prime minister
The comment was released in Lima, Peru, where Park is on a four-day state visit.
She also told officials to ensure that state affairs are not ignored due to the scandal. Park is currently pushing a reform agenda through the National Assembly.
The comment came hours after Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo offered his resignation over a high-profile scandal that involved him and seven other former and current top politicians, mostly close to Park.
Lee is accused of accepting 30 million won in cash from a late businessman in 2013, when Lee was running for a parliamentary seat.
The PM has flatly denied the allegation.
Source: Busan eFM News
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