TORONTO, Sept. 22 (Yonhap) — South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol on Thursday (U.S. time) called on the National Assembly to actively cooperate in carrying out a pledge of 100 million dollars to a global infection control fund.
Yoon wrote in a Facebook post that he attended the Global Fund’s seventh replenishment conference in New York on Wednesday and pledged $100 million from South Korea for the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and HIV. malaria over the next three years.
“The solidarity of the international community can only be achieved if it is accompanied by specific actions,” he wrote. “I look forward to the active cooperation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea. We will stand united and act together with the international community.”
The post was released amid controversy in South Korea over his foul language at the event.
In a video that has since gone viral, Yoon can be heard telling his aides in vulgar language that it would be embarrassing if the National Assembly did not approve something undetermined.
He was first thought to be referring to US President Joe Biden’s pledge to contribute an additional $6 billion to the Global Fund, sparking a torrent of criticism that Yoon had created a diplomatic disaster.
But Kim Eun-hye, senior presidential secretary for press affairs, told reporters Thursday that Yoon made no mention of Biden.
The actual word he used was the Korean word for “throw”, she said, and Yoon spoke of how he would be embarrassed if the National Assembly, which is controlled by the main opposition party , the Democratic Party, rejected its promise of 100 million dollars.