WASHINGTON, DC, USA
Leading South Korean dissident Kim Dae-jung arrive in the United States on December 23 for medical treatment, after Seoul authorities had released him from a 20-year jail term.
WASHINGTON, DC, USA
1. GV Koreans holding banner at airport. 0.06
2. SV Newsmen crowding around as Kim Dae-jung arrives. 0.49
3. SV PAN Kim speaking in Korean with English translation from aide. (SOT) 1.21
4. SV Kim speaking of his family. (English SOT) 1.52
5. CU Kim speaking of United States. 2.00
TRANSCRIPT: AIDE: (SEQ 3) "And furthermore, when he was arrested and sentenced to death back in 1980, he expressed sincere concern for his safety and also made all possible efforts on his behalf and also sent his chief foreign policy advisor, Dr. Jan Kilinsky (phonetic) to South Korea and to (indistinct his private residence. Here is Dr. Kilinsky right over here..."
KIM: (SEQ 4) "My family religious situation? I am Catholic, my christian name is Thomas. My wife is Protestant Methodist, my son is Catholic, my youngest son here, Protestant. My family is a community."
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Background: WASHINGTON, DC, USA
Leading South Korean dissident Kim Dae-jung arrive in the United States on December 23 for medical treatment, after Seoul authorities had released him from a 20-year jail term. A large group of Koreans was at the Washington airport to greet Mr. Kim, who is 57-years-old. Police were called to the airport to control more than 50 journalists, mostly Asian Press representatives, who jammed the reception area, clamouring around Mr. Kim. The former presidential candidate said, in a statement read for him, that Americans must support "the patriots still in prison" an apparent reference to political detainees in South Korea. Mr. Kim declined to answer many questions, maintaining that he had been isolated from the outside world for the past six years. After two years in jail, he was transferred to a Seoul hospital before being sent to the US. Mr. Kim had been sentenced to death by a military court in 1980 for his alleged involvement in a civilian uprising. He was granted a reprieve by President Chun Doo Hwan the following year, and his life sentence was later further commuted to 20 years.
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