South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has been caught insulting US lawmakers and calling them idiots. Yoon is heard calling American lawmakers idiots after meeting US President Joe Biden, who pledged $6 billion at the Global Fund event.
“What a shame for Biden, if these idiots refuse to give it in Congress,” Yoon said, and the video was broadcast live on South Korean television. In the video, Yoon is seen insulting American lawmakers with Secretary of State Park Jin in New York. His comments were recorded on the microphone.
Yoon Insulted US Member of Parliament
Calling the comments unofficial, a senior South Korean presidential office official said Yoon’s comments were not verified. The official also highlighted that it was unofficial to view such private comments as “a reflection on the government’s diplomatic achievements.”
Official Yoon Says His Comments Are Unofficial and Unverified
Yoon met Biden on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Both reaffirmed their commitment to address the threat posed by North Korea.
Biden also discussed ongoing cooperation on a range of priority issues including supply chain resilience, critical technologies, economic and energy security, global health, and climate change, according to the White House.
Yoon Has Faced Criticism In His Country
Yoon is under pressure at home to improve provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act signed last month by Biden, which includes a $7,500 tax credit for purchases of electric vehicles made in North America. That could hurt big South Korean brands like Hyundai and Kia, which don’t yet have operational EV factories in the US, according to Bloomberg.
Yoon has also faced criticism previously for avoiding a face-to-face meeting with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who visited South Korea last month while Yoon was on vacation. Korean lawmakers have criticized him because he missed an opportunity to lobby on behalf of Seoul over the law.
Source : www.ibtimes.sg