South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol called lawmakers using a hot microphone “fuckers”During the United Nations General Assembly, this week.
Suk-yel and President Joe Biden had just met to discuss the Global Fund’s $6 billion pledge. The photo-op was on Wednesday.
The South Korean president addressed his staff and could be heard saying: “How could Biden not lose damn face if these f***ers do not pass it in Congress?”
South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol is in New York “How could Biden not lose damn face if these f***ers do not pass it in Congress?” 🍉 pic.twitter.com/veVXYVSWvi
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Initial reports indicated that the comment was made in reference to “Biden’s drive to increase US funding to the Global Fund, which would require congressional approval,”The following is an extract from the South China Morning Post Yoon Suk-yeol told Korean media that he was referencing lawmakers in his own country. Kim Eun-hye (senior presidential secretary for media affairs) stated that Yoon did not mention Biden, and that Korean was the correct word. “throw out.” Per Yonhap News Agency:
Korean for the word actually was what it meant. “throw out”Yoon talked about how embarrassed he would be if the National Assembly which is headed by the Democratic Party of the Main Opposition, rejects the $100 million pledged by him to support the Global Fund for three years.
“Yesterday, the Republic of Korea was reduced overnight to a country mocking an ally nation with which it has been together for nearly 70 years,”Kim spoke to reporters in New York.
“We will always accept criticism of the president and state administration,”She continued: “but distorting the president’s diplomatic activities and driving a wedge between allies with lies is an act of self-injury to the national interest.”
Likewise, a senior presidential official said that it was highly unfortunate that conclusions were made about Yoon’s comments.
“I think it’s highly inappropriate to draw a link between private remarks and diplomatic accomplishments,”The official stated.
“It’s quite regrettable that a diplomatic disaster is being talked about over something like that when he is doing everything to complete a demanding schedule in the national interest of the Republic of Korea.”
The National Security Counsel spokeswoman said that the National Security Counsel would issue a statement on Thursday. “not comment on the hot mic comments.”
“Our relationship with the Republic of Korea is strong and growing,”The statement was as follows: “President Biden counts President Yoon as a key ally. The two leaders had a good, productive meeting on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly yesterday.”
The White House stated similarly that Yoon was able to have productive talks with Biden on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.
“The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen the U.S.-ROK alliance and ensure close cooperation to address the threat posed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK),”The White House read out the contents of the meeting.
“The Presidents also discussed our ongoing cooperation on a broad range of priority issues including supply chain resilience, critical technologies, economic and energy security, global health, and climate change,”This statement has been added.
The following is an extract from the Korea TimesYoon, who describes himself as conservative and called for countries to come together in defense of freedom, during his address to the U.N. General Assembly.
“When freedom of any citizen or nation in the global community is in peril, it is the community of nations that must stand together in solidarity to defend that freedom,”He stated.
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