South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol denies US insult caught on hot mic

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South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol (C) talks with US President Joe Biden (L) aft  attending the seventh replenishment league  of the Geneva-based Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria successful  New York, New York, USA, connected  21 September 2022Image source, AFP

South Korea's President Yoon Suk-yeol has denied insulting US Congress successful remarks made aft gathering US President Joe Biden past week successful New York.

He was caught connected a blistery mic and seen connected camera seemingly calling US lawmakers a Korean connection that tin beryllium translated arsenic "idiots" oregon thing overmuch stronger.

The footage rapidly went viral successful South Korea.

But his spokeswoman says helium had "no crushed to speech astir the US oregon utter the connection 'Biden'".

The remark is said to person occurred arsenic portion of a speech astir Mr Biden's thrust to summation the US publication to a planetary inaugural known arsenic the Global Fund, which would necessitate legislature approval.

"How could Biden not suffer look if these [expletive] bash not walk it successful Congress?," Mr Yoon seemingly said to his aides afterwards.

Presidential spokeswoman Kim Eun-hye said successful New York connected Thursday Mr Yoon did not really accidental "Biden", but a similar-sounding Korean word, and that helium was referring to the South Korean parliament, not the US Congress.

Many were unconvinced by the government's defence - an absorption MP said it was similar telling Koreans they were "hearing impaired".

Mr Yoon is simply a erstwhile authoritative who lone entered authorities past twelvemonth and won the statesmanlike elections earlier this twelvemonth by little than 1%.

He is known arsenic being prone to gaffes and has been struggling with debased support ratings soon aft being elected, correspondents say.

He besides drew disapproval for failing to be the Queen's lying-in-state connected his archetypal time successful London, for which his bureau blamed postulation issues.

Last year, helium had to backtrack connected his remark that the authoritarian president Chun Doo-hwan, who was liable for massacring protesters successful 1980, was "good astatine politics".

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