Yoon from South Korea says “incorrect” media reports are hurting the alliance amid fierce mic controversy

Seoul, South Korea

South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol said Monday that “incorrect” media reports about his remarks threaten to damage relations with the United States after he was caught cursing at a hot microphone during his visit to New York last week.

A series of gaffes and controversy overshadowed Lyon’s first major foreign tour that also included Britain and Canada, sending his ratings down and calling for harsh criticism from some lawmakers even within his own party.

In the most notorious of controversy, Yoon was caught cursing into a hot microphone as he left an event in New York on Wednesday after a brief conversation with US President Joe Biden.

Opposition lawmakers accused Yoon of insulting Biden and insulting South Korea, with local media initially reporting that Yoon said Biden would be embarrassed if the US Congress did not pass a bill related to funding a global initiative.

“What an embarrassment… if these bastards refuse to agree to this in Parliament,” Yoon told Foreign Minister Park Jin in a video broadcast by South Korean radio stations, which went viral on social media.

Reuters was unable to independently verify Yun’s full comments.

Press Secretary Kim Eun-hye denied the allegations, saying Yoon was referring to the South Korean parliament without mentioning Biden.

Yoon told reporters when asked about a hot microphone incident on Monday.

“I would say that harming the coalition with different reports of the facts puts people at great risk,” he added, calling for efforts to establish the facts.

The main opposition Democratic Party had been urging Yoon to apologize for the row and to dismiss his national security adviser, deputy and foreign minister.

The leader of the opposition arena said he will propose a resolution to dismiss them to parliament if Yoon does not take any action on Monday.

Yun’s office declined to comment.

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