The political committee of the United Nations's General Assembly has accepted a communist backed proposal calling for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from South Korea.
The political committee of the United Nations's General Assembly has accepted a communist backed proposal calling for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from South Korea. The proposal also called for direct negotiations to be started between the United States and North korea.
The proposal for the negotiations excludes the South Korean government from taking part in any such talks.
However, despite the call for the foreign troop withdrawal from South Korea, the committee also adopted another proposal which urged the establishment of alternative arrangements for maintaining the 1953 armistice.
The proposals call for the resumption of talks aimed at the peaceful reunification of the country.
The two proposals appeared to be somewhat contradictory and United Nations diplomats are puzzled on how to reconcile both.
Sweden proposed that the committee keep the matter open for another ten days during which members could seek a viable solution.
The North korean United Nations observer mission hailed the proposal for the pull out of all foreign troops from Korea as a "great event and an historic victory".
This film is serviced with a press conference given by the head of the North Korean Observer Delegation to the United Nations, Li 0Jong Mok. Mr. Li speaks in Korean, but each comment is translated into English. A transcript of the translator's remarks follow below.