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Psy Apologizes For Decade-Old Anti-American Acts

South Korean singer Psy strikes a pose at a news conference at a hotel in Seoul in September.
South Korean singer Psy, famed for his viral video song "Gangnam Style," has apologized for anti-American performances a decade ago.

Psy made the apology on December 8, ahead of his expected participation in an upcoming concert before U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington.

In 2002, the singer smashed a model U.S. tank at a protest over the death of two South Korean teenagers who were struck by a U.S. military vehicle.

Two years later, he joined a performance of a song with lyrics calling for the killing of "Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives."

He said in his apology statement that the performances and lyrics were "part of the overall antiwar sentiment shared by others around the world."

The quirky "Gangnam Style" music video, reportedly about an upscale Seoul neighborhood and its nighttime demons, has catapulted Psy to global stardom and spawned parodies and imitations from many countries, including by dissident artist Ai Weiwei in China.

Based on reporting by AFP and dpa