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It was filmed during his premiership and showed him cursing, pounding a fist on his office desk and expressing his frustration at trying to learn a few lines of Chinese for a scheduled speech.

He said he suspected political opponents in Miss Gillard’s office posted the video, which has been viewed nearly 600,000 times.


South Korean President Lee Myung-bak surprised political handicappers Thursday by picking a former envoy to the United Nations to replace former Ambassador Han Duk-soo in Washington.

Choi Young-jin, a 63-year-old career diplomat, served as South Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations from 2005 to 2007, when U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed him as his special envoy to the Ivory Coast.

Mr. Choi served as South Korea’s ambassador to Austria and Slovenia in 2002 and as a vice foreign minister in 2004.

He will replace Mr. Han, who resigned unexpectedly last week. Mr. Han, himself a former South Korean prime minister, privately had said he planned to resign after helping win congressional approval for the landmark South Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.

Political insiders in Seoul had expected Mr. Han to name either Chun Yung-woo, a presidential adviser, or Il SaKong, former chairman of the Korea International Trade Association, as ambassador to the United States.

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