INTRODUCTION: The North Korean Prime Minister, Pak Sung-Chul, has met the Soviet Communist party leader, Leonid brezhnev.
INTRODUCTION: The North Korean Prime Minister, Pak Sung-Chul, has met the Soviet Communist party leader, Leonid brezhnev. The meeting on Wednesday (26 January) was also attended by the Soviet Premier, Alexei Kosygin. Mr. Pak is the first Korean leader to visit Moscow for almost five years.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Brezhnev headed the welcome party when Mr. Pak and other members of the North Korean delegation arrived for talks at the Kremlin. Later he pledged his country's support for the peaceful reunification of Korea.
Tass news agency reported that the Soviet leader and Mr. Pak discussed bilateral as well as general Asian issues. Mr. Brezhnev stressed that the Soviet Union "consistently supports the efforts of the People's Republic of Korea aimed at a peaceful unification of Korea in accordance with the aspirations of the Korean people".
Mr. Brezhnev did not repeat Soviet Premier Kosygin's call for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from South Korea.Mr.Kosygin's appeal, made the day before at a reception North Korean delegation, was seen as a reminder to U.S. President Jimmy Carter, according to press reports from Moscow. During the U.S. election campaign the President pledged to withdraw American troops and nuclear weapons from South Korea.