The Chinese Communist Party chairman, Hua Kuo-feng, has returned to Peking after a visit to North Korea.
GV: chairman Hua Kuo-feng (at left) and North Korean President Kim Il Sung, walk up to table.
GV AND SV: crowd in stadium waving branches and other articles. (2 shots)
SV PAN: Hua and Kim applauding and receiving bouquets.
GV: immense crowd in stadium applauding
SV: President Kim speaking, Hua and other officials listening (4 shots)
SV: Hua and Kim shake hands.
SV: Hua and Kim presented with banner.
GV: crowd in stadium waving.
SV: Hua speaking
CU: Kim and others applauding (3 shots)
SV PAN: Hua and Kim waving to crowd.
SV AND GV PAN: massed crowd waving in stadium. (2 shots)
One of the highlights of Chairman Hua's visit was a rally in a huge stadium in Pyongyang, the capital, on Sunday (7 May). North Korea, under President Kim Il Sung, has pursued a political course largely independent of both Moscow and Peking, but Chairman Hua received a tumultuous welcome from the Pyongyang crowds.
Both Kim Il Sung and Chairman Hua condemned the continued support of the United States for the South Korean government of President Park. Several western correspondents believe Kim Il Sung has been trying to exploit the irritation of sections of the United States administration with South Korea's record on human rights, and its attempts to buy influence with American congressmen. Talking about the future reunification of Korea, President Kim called on the United States to have direct talks with his government. He said he would be prepared to hold discussions with a democratic and patriotic leader of South Korea??? if one should emerge.
Chairman Hua expressed China's continuing support for North Korea in its conflict with the South. He said Korea could not be re-unified until American forces were withdrawn. He also specifically repudiated the concept of two Koreas, saying that the government of North Korea was the only legitimate government for the entire peninsula. At a banquet later in the visit, Chairman Hua said the United Nations command should be disbanded promptly, and the United States should withdraw from Korea, with, as he put it, all its aggressive troops, arms and equipment.
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Background: The Chinese Communist Party chairman, Hua Kuo-feng, has returned to Peking after a visit to North Korea. His was the first trip outside China by a party chairman since Mao-Tse-tung went to Moscow in 1957.