Intense diplomatic activity between representatives of the American, south Korean and Japanese governments officially ended oh Thursday (19th September) the taut relations between Japan and South Korea which had developed since the attempted assassination of South Korean President Park Chung-hee in mid-August by a Korean resident in Japan.
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Background: Intense diplomatic activity between representatives of the American, south Korean and Japanese governments officially ended oh Thursday (19th September) the taut relations between Japan and South Korea which had developed since the attempted assassination of South Korean President Park Chung-hee in mid-August by a Korean resident in Japan.
Following pressure from the Untied States to heal the rift between the two major Pacific allies, Special Envoy Etsusaburo Shiina carried a letter from the Japanese government to Seoul expressing regret for the attempted assassination and ??? promise to 'strictly control' "any criminal acts aimed at over-throwing the Republic of Korea Government".
The failure of the Japanese government to bow to Seoul's demands to dissolve and punish the Osaka-based General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chosoren) for its alleged involvement in the planning and financial backing of the assassination attempt was the major bone of contention between the two countries, and the compromise of delivering only a verbal promise was worked out only after a week of intensive negotiations.
In what was widely considered by political observers as a part of the diplomatic deal, Shiina went directly to the graveside of President Park's wife after his arrival in Seoul to pay his respects. Mrs. Park was fatally wounded by the assassin's bullets. during the attempt on Park's life.
After burning incense and placing floral wreaths on the grave, Shiina conferred with President Park in the Presidential Palace. The following day Japanese and especially South Korean newspapers headlined photographs of Shiina bowing in apology to Park.
Negotiations between the two governments started after nearly a month of daily anti-Japanese demonstrations by South Korean, but very soon appeared to get bogged down. They were restarted and came to an officially successful conclusion following talks between the U.S.'s new ambassador to South Korea, Mr. Richard Sneider, and Seoul Foreign Minister Kim Dong Jo. The film shows Sneider and Kim holding their first talks on the subject shortly after the ambassador arrived to take up this post Tuesday (Sopt 17th).
Although the incident has come to a successful diplomatic conclusion. Japanese public opinion is now criticising the Japanese government for appearing to give way to all South Korea's demands, and the series of demonstrations concerning the affair has now begun to move over to Japan. Japanese opposition parties led by former anti-Vietnam agitator Mukota Oda hold a rally in a western Tokyo park on Thursday (19th Sept),??? do with Shiina, Seoul visit.