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Yoon records New Year's interview with KBS amid first lady controversy

By Yonhap

Published : Feb. 4, 2024 - 18:54

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President Yoon Suk Yeol (Yonhap) President Yoon Suk Yeol (Yonhap)

President Yoon Suk Yeol on Sunday recorded a New Year's interview with public broadcaster KBS, his office said, as all eyes are on what he will say regarding allegations his wife accepted a luxury handbag as a gift in 2022.

The filming took place at the presidential office in Seoul, the office said in a notice to reporters, without elaborating. The interview will reportedly air on KBS on Wednesday, two days before the start of the Lunar New Year holiday.

Pressure has mounted on Yoon to address the allegations first lady Kim Keon Hee accepted the Christian Dior handbag from a pastor in 2022, especially as the issue could hurt the ruling party in the upcoming parliamentary elections in April.

The presidential office reportedly weighed several options, including a New Year's press conference and a casual meeting with reporters over kimchi stew, before deciding on a prerecorded interview.

Yoon is also expected to discuss his policy plans for his third year in office during the interview. (Yonhap)