• Short Summary

    AFTER 60 YEARS, SOUTH KOREA'S RELATIONS WITH JAPAN ARE OFFICIALLY BACK TO "NORMAL." THE SOUTH KOREAN PARLIAMENT IN SEOUL YESTERDAY (MONDAY) RATIFIED THE CONTROVERSIAL TREATY NORMALISING RELATIONS, BUT DEMONSTRATORS TOOK TO THE STREETS TO PROTEST.

  • Description

    AFTER 60 YEARS, SOUTH KOREA'S RELATIONS WITH JAPAN ARE OFFICIALLY BACK TO "NORMAL." THE SOUTH KOREAN PARLIAMENT IN SEOUL YESTERDAY (MONDAY) RATIFIED THE CONTROVERSIAL TREATY NORMALISING RELATIONS, BUT DEMONSTRATORS TOOK TO THE STREETS TO PROTEST. SEVERAL WERE INVOLVED IN SCUFFLES WITH POLICE.

    AS THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (PARLIAMENT) MET, 300 DEMONSTRATORS MARCHED THROUGH THE CAPITAL IN PROTEST. THERE WERE SEVERAL SCUFFLES AS RIOT POLICE STOPPED THEM. THE DEMONSTRATORS LATER DISPERSED.

    MEANWHILE, PARLIAMENT WAS GIVING THE BILL RATIFYING THE TREATY ITS FINAL READING -- BUT TO A HALF-EMPTY CHAMBER. THE OPPOSITION HAD RESIGNED EN MASSE LAST WEEK. ONLY MEMBERS OF THE RULING DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC PARTY WERE PRESENT, AND THE BILL WAS PASSED 110 VOTES TO NONE.

    (AFTERWARDS, THE ENTIRE CABINET SUBMITTED ITS RESIGNATION. HOWEVER, PRESIDENT CHUNG HEE PARK REJECTED IT, THUS GIVING HIM A FREE HAND IN FORMING A NEW CABINET TO HANDLE POST-RATIFICATION PROBLEMS).

    BUT THE DEMONSTRATIONS WENT ON. AT A HALL, THE OPPOSITION HELD A RALLY TO DENOUNCE THE TREATY. FORMER GOVERNMENT PERSONALITIES WERE PRESENT, AND AN ANTI-RATIFICATION RESOLUTION WAS PASSED.

    (THE TREATY NORMALISES RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 60 YEARS. IN 1910 -- FIVE YEARS AFTER THE INITIAL BREAK -- JAPAN ANNEXED KOREA, REMAINING UNDER TOKYO RULE UNTIL IT WAS SURRENDERED TO THE ALLIES IN 1945. THE TREATY ALSO PROVIDES FOR JAPANESE ECONOMIC AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND PAYMENT OF KOREA'S WAR DEBT).

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5KXPJZE8DPNNV58AAK640CWEC
    Media URN:
    VLVA5KXPJZE8DPNNV58AAK640CWEC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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