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.
LEE TAPS U.N. ENVOY
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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