Remember the JoongAng Ilbo’s griping about the way the Korean delegation was treated in the UK, including by Heathrow security?
Well, the Korea Times suggests this was, in fact, an act of revenge orchestrated by nefarious UK Foreign Secretary William Hague:
A source familiar with the issue claimed Monday that U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague had something to do with the rough treatment of the Korean delegation.
“When Secretary Hague flew to Seoul in mid-October this year, I learned that his underlings faced quite tough security checks, which they hardly expected,” said the source.
“The U.K. wanted to get even with the similar acts toward President Park’s entourage last month. As far as I know, the government tentatively concluded that.”
To be fair to the Korean side, we’re apparently dealing with an influx of foreign homeless, so it probably doesn’t hurt to be thorough, especially with incoming diplomatic delegations.
What I don’t get, though, is if this was retaliation, why wait until Park and Co. were leaving the UK? The only reason I can think of is that because it was a state visit, screwing with the Koreans on the front end might have caused more scheduling headaches than it was worth.