A hot mic moment from the recently held United Nations General Assembly has gone viral.
According to Fox News, the man caught on the hot mic was South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol: he was caught making a profanity-filled comment about a pledge made at the event by President Joe Biden.
“How could Biden not lose damn face if these f***ers do not pass it in Congress?” Yoon was caught saying.
It appears that the comment was made by Yoon after meeting Biden on Wednesday in New York.
The video catching the hot mic moment was published Thursday by MBC, the South Korean television broadcaster, on its YouTube channel. After speaking to Biden, Yoon can be seen walking along the stage before turning to his aides to ask the above question.
As for what Yoon is referring to, it appears to be the pledge that Biden made at the United Nations event to contribute $6 billion to the Global Fund. The Global Fund is an international organization that is trying to help the developing world to eradicate such diseases as malaria, TB, and HIV.
Yoon, with his comment, was referring to the fact that, even though Biden pledged the $6 billion, it is the U.S. Congress that has to approve that pledge before it can be given to the Global Fund. And, Yoon suggested that it will look pretty bad for Biden if after making the pledge Congress rejects the idea.
South Korea responds
Ever since the release of the hot mic moment, South Korea has gone into damage control mode.
“He wasn’t speaking publicly on the stage but in passing, and although I don’t know who recorded it and how, I actually think it should be verified,” a South Korean Offical said, referring to Yoon’s hot mic moment.
“I think it’s highly inappropriate to draw a link between private remarks and diplomatic accomplishments,” the official continued. “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.”
It is understandable why South Korea is trying to prevent Yoon’s comment from causing any diplomatic problems.
South Korea’s relationship with the United States is particularly important for the country’s mutual defense.