The head of the Japanese permanent mission to the United Nations, Foreign Minister Mr. Kiichi?
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 3: MIYAZAWA: "Mr. President. One of the major developments of the past year was the termination of the prolonged war in Indochina. I welcome the fact that the nations of Indochina have now begun their postwar rehabilitation, and are directing their energies and resources towards economic and social development. Restoration of stability in that area, and progress in development, will, I believe, help consolidate the foundations for peace in Asia. In this new Asian environment, the maintenance of peace and stability on the Korean peninsula is essential. The fact that the United Nations has been directly involved with this problem for a quarter-century demonstrates the extraordinary difficulty of achieving the peaceful unification of Korea. Our experience also indicates that, in seeking a solution to the Korean question, we must shun such abrupt changes as would create greater instability in the area. Rather, we should be guided by realism, proceeding in orderly stages towards the goal of peaceful unification."
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This film includes a section of Mr. Miyazawa's speech in English. A transcript follows:
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Background: The head of the Japanese permanent mission to the United Nations, Foreign Minister Mr. Kiichi Miyazawa on tuesday (23 September) urged the General Assembly to consider orderly moves towards the peaceful reunification of Korea.
Mr. Miyazawa's appeal came as part of a wider plea for all states to comply with last May's Treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, and for those states already possessing nuclear arms to exert more effort towards nuclear disarmament.
Relations between North and South Korea -- strained earlier this year after each side accused the other of planning to invade -- have been made worse by North Korea's refusal to open fresh talks on unification and South Korea's recent unsuccessful attempt to gain separate membership of the United Nations.
Speaking about the situation in southeast Asia in general, the Japanese Foreign Minister told the General Assembly that peace in Korea was essential to the development and rehabilitation of Indochina following the end of the conflict there. He urged that the solution to Korea's problems should come through dialogue, not confrontation.
Japan -- along with the U.S.A., Britain, Canada, Costa Rica, the Netherlands and New Zealand -- has sponsored a resolution allowing United Nations command forces to withdraw from Korea by next January if a suitable agreement between North and South Korea is achieved. This would replace the armistice which ended the Korean war in 1953.