A criticism of US lawmakers by the South Korean President has gone viral on social media – after a hot mic caught him with an insult.
In a video released by Korean broadcaster MBC on their official YouTube channel on Thursday, Yoon can be seen walking along the stage after chatting with Biden before turning to his assistants and saying: .
“It would be a shame for Biden if the people in Congress don’t pass this.” [bill]“Then he showed up to speak.
The Global Fund is an international organization working to defeat HIV, tuberculosis and malaria around the developing world, and Yoon’s comment seems to be a reference to Biden’s commitment to contribute $6 billion, which will need approval from Parliament.
The YouTube clip – which has yet to be taken down – has been viewed more than four million times since it was uploaded and has attracted tens of thousands of comments.
Many social media users mocked Yoon, while the blunt language he used became a popular search term on the Korean online portal Naver.
This is just the latest among critics of a string of diplomatic moves by Yoon, who traveled to New York this week to attend the United Nations General Assembly after attending the Queen’s funeral. Elizabeth II in London.
While in London, Yoon’s opponents accused him of disrespect because he missed the chance to see the queen’s coffin lying in state – which he blamed on heavy traffic.
Last month, he was fired for not meeting US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she visited South Korea as part of her Asia tour.
Following what appeared to be his latest foreign policy blunder, Yoon’s team went on the defensive.
In a briefing with reporters, a spokesman for a South Korean presidential official said the comment was “a private comment” and “it is not appropriate to connect a separate comment with a result”. diplomatic”.
The official also said it was “regrettable” that Yoon was criticized while continuing with “a difficult schedule in the national interest.”
Back in Seoul, South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo addressed the issue at a National Assembly session on Thursday, saying it was “unclear” what Yoon actually said.
“I don’t think I can come to a definite conclusion here about the circumstances under which he said those words… but no one seems to have heard the contents clearly,” Han said.
His remarks were not lost on members of the opposition liberal party, who commented on the matter in Parliament on Thursday.
They said, “Diplomatic disasters are recurring under the Yoon Suk Yeol administration and this is due to the President’s diplomatic incompetence.