South Korea on Friday (November 2) apologised to Japan for the Kidnapping in August of an exiled Korean opposition leader in August, and promised that such an incident would not happen again.
GV Prime Minister Tanaka's official residence
SV INT Tanaka comes to the door and greets Kim Chong-Pil an Mr. Ohira, Japanese Foreign Minister
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Background: South Korea on Friday (November 2) apologised to Japan for the Kidnapping in August of an exiled Korean opposition leader in August, and promised that such an incident would not happen again.
The Japanese Foreign Minister Masayoshi Ohira announced at a press conference that the South Korean Prime Minister Kim Chong fil made the promise at a meeting in Tokyo with the Japanese Premier Mr. Kakuei Tanaka.
The South Korean Premier was visiting Japan to try to end the diplomatic row that new been souring relations between the two countries, and which has seldom been out of the headlines of Japanese newspapers for the last three months.
Mr. Kim Dae-Jung, a former South Korean Presidential candidate disappeared from a Tokyo Hotel on August 8th this year. He reappeared in the South Korean capital Seoul five days later saying he had been kidnapped and smuggled back to Koreaby a group of Koreans.
Japanese opposition spokesmen alleged the South Korean Government were somehow implicated in the alleged kidnapping. Demands to severs Japanese aid to South Korea were made after Japanese police claimed to have found the fingerprints of the first Secretary of the Korean Embassy in Tokyo at the kidnap scene.
A Seoul announcement on Friday said the diplomat Mr. Kim Wong-Doon, who is already declared persons non grata by Japan, had been dismissed and was under investigation.
SYNOPSIS: At the Japanese Prime minister's residence in tokyo on Friday, Premier Kakuei Tanaka receives the visiting South Korean Prime Minister Kim Chong-Pil. It was a meeting designed to end a diplomatic row which has been souring relations between Japan and south Korea since August. Also there -- Japanese Foreign Minister Masayoshi Ohira.
The disappearance of a former south Korean Presidential candidate Mr. Kim Dae-Jung from a Tokyo hotel led to allegations that the Korean Government had been implicated. He turned up in Seoul five days later.
Later Mr. Ohira told pressmen that south Korea had apologised for the kidnapping and promised such an incident would never happen again. The announcement came after weeks of delicate diplomatic negotiations in both capitals.
Japanese police identified finger prints found at the scene as those of the First Secretary in the Korean Embassy in Tokyo. The diplomat has been declared persona non grata in Japan and has been dismissed.