Seoul, July 4 (SocialNews.XYZ) A photo of South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol staring at a nearly blank computer screen during his visit to Spain last week has raised eyebrows in online communities, with some suspecting it was a set-up by the presidential office.
Yoon's office released 12 photos on Sunday that showed the President and First Lady Kim Keon-hee in different settings during their four-day visit to Madrid last week, reports Yonhap News Agency.
In one picture, Yoon is seen sitting at a desk and looking straight at a computer monitor with his right hand on a mouse.
People were quick to notice the screen was in fact nearly blank, showing just the outline of what appeared to be a document or portal.
The presidential office said the photo showed Yoon after a meeting with his aides on June 28 in Madrid as he was preparing for the NATO summit.
In response to suspicions the President was simply posing for a photo with nothing on his monitor, the office issued a clarification, saying the picture was taken just after Yoon had signed off on items for a Cabinet meeting in Seoul, leaving the page blank.
"When we release a photo of the president, we try not to show whatever is on the monitor or document the president is looking at," an official told reporters on Monday, citing security and other reasons.
"We pay close attention when we release photos, and to distort that as if we were putting on a show is quite regrettable," the official added.