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South Korea's Yoon scapegoats media after U.S. hot-mic slur

Harris visit to Seoul offers president chance to mend ties with Washington

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol answers questions at the presidential office in Seoul on Sept. 26. He has accused the country’s media of damaging its alliance with the U.S. after a TV broadcaster released a video suggesting that he insulted U.S. Congress members in New York.   © Yonhap/AP

SEOUL -- South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol used a cordial "Hello, it's been a while" to greet reporters at his office on his return from a recent high-profile overseas trip.

He followed that with an explanation of his activities during a nearly weeklong trip to the U.K., the U.S. and Canada, saying that while abroad he had worked to fulfill South Korea's values of freedom, human rights, peace and the rule of law.

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