SEOUL: US Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris shaved off whats up s moustache at an ordinary barbershop months after his facial hair turned the factor of weird criticism .
Seoul and Washington are security allies and the US stations 28,500 troops throughout the nation.
Nevertheless their relationship has been strained currently by variations of their approaches to North Korea and over cost-sharing duties.
Harris has various events been the factor of controversy throughout the South, and accused of high-handedness. Even his facial hair turned an issue of debate.
The envoy’s mother was Japanese and, with Koreans nonetheless bitterly resentful of Tokyo’s 1910-45 colonisation of the peninsula, commentators claimed the moustache alluded to the fashions of imperial governors-general from the interval.
In January Harris retorted that his grooming was a matter of personal different, and that his critics have been “cherry choosing historical past”.
Nevertheless over the weekend he uploaded a video to social media of him getting the moustache shaved off at an ordinary Korean barbershop, saying he did so to keep up cool throughout the Seoul summer season season, whereas carrying a masks to wrestle the coronavirus pandemic.
“Glad I did this,” the envoy talked about in a tweet.
“For me it was both preserve the ‘stache or lose the masks. Summer season in Seoul is approach too scorching & humid for each. #COVID tips matter & I am a masked man!”
Seoul and Tokyo are every fundamental US allies, democracies and market economies confronted with an overbearing China and nuclear-armed North Korea, nonetheless are locked in bitter disputes over historic factors.
Earlier this 12 months Harris talked about: “I understand the historic animosity that exists between every of the nations nonetheless I’m not the Japanese American ambassador in Korea, I’m the American ambassador to Korea.
“And to take that historical past and put it on me just because an accident of start I feel is a mistake.”