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South Korea's President Scolds Media Over Hot Mic Moment

President Joe Biden shakes hands with Yoon Suk Yeol in New York on Sept. 21.

President Joe Biden shakes hands with Yoon Suk Yeol in New York on Sept. 21.

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Seoul, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Monday accused the country’s media of damaging its alliance with the United States after a TV broadcaster released a video suggesting that he insulted U.S. Congress members following a meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden in New York last week.

MBC caught Yoon on tape talking to his aides and top diplomats following a brief chat with Biden on the margins of the U.N. General Assembly meetings. While the audio was unclear, Yoon could be heard using what seemed as indecent language during comments the broadcaster captioned as: “Wouldn’t it be too darn embarrassing for Biden if those idiots at legislature don’t approve?”