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Koreas Kim
Summary: North Korea releases Kim Jong Il's pictures
Story No: 581665
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 10/11/2008 04:53 AM
People: Kim Jong-il, George W. Bush



KRT (North Korea Central Television) - No Access North Korea

Pyongyang, North Korea - 11 October s2008

1. Close-up of North Korean flag

2. North Korea Central Television News signal

3. SOUNDBITE (Korean) North Korean News Reader (no name given):

"Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army Kim Jong-Il inspected a women's unit of Korean People's Army 821."

4. STILL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il watching soldiers exercise

5. STILL: Kim with soldiers

6. STILL: North Korean artillery soldiers exercising

7. STILL: Kim talking to soldiers

8. STILL: Kim with soldiers

9. STILL: Various of Kim inspecting a compound of the barracks

10. STILL: Kim at a photo session with soldiers

11. STILL: Female soldiers clapping

12. STILL: Kim clapping

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Seoul, South Korea - 10 October 2008

13. Set up of North Korean Studies University professor Yang Moo-Jin

14. SOUNDBITE (Korean) Yang Moo-Jin, University Professor of North Korean Studies:

"I think him appearing in public is to show inside and outside the country that there is nothing wrong with his health and ruling."

15. Yang during interview


North Korea released pictures of leader Kim Jong Il on Saturday for the first time in nearly two months, showing the reclusive ruler looking generally well despite reports he recently underwent brain surgery.

Wearing his trademark khaki jumpsuit and sunglasses, Kim was seen standing with uniformed soldiers with his arms folded or his hands behind his back.

The photos were taken during a visit to a military unit and shown on Pyongyang's Korean Central Television.

Kim appeared healthy in the images, though it was unclear when they were taken.

It was the first footage of Kim released since August 14, according to South Korea's Unification Ministry, in charge of relations with North Korea.

The 66-year-old leader, believed to have diabetes and heart disease, had missed several key holidays in recent months, most notably North Korea's 60th birthday last month.

US and South Korean officials have said Kim suffered a stroke and underwent brain surgery, but North Korea denied he was ill.

On Saturday, the North's official Korean Central News Agency reported without images that Kim visited an all-female military unit, but it didn't specify exactly when the inspection took place.

North Korean Studies University professor Yang Moo-Jin said the images were broadcast to prove to viewers at home and abroad that Kim was in good health and his leadership was sound.

Concern over Kim's absence was especially pointed since Pyongyang abandoned an international disarmament-for-aid accord and stopped disabling its Yongbyon nuclear reactor in mid-August.

The country raised the stakes again this week, banning inspectors from the entire nuclear complex.

However, diplomats said the US government planned to remove North Korea from a terrorism blacklist on Saturday after getting assurances the communist nation would allow inspections of its nuclear facilities.

US President George W Bush signed off on the move on Friday in a bid to salvage the faltering disarmament accord aimed at getting North Korea to abandon atomic weapons.

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Subjects: Armed forces, Government and politics, Army, Military and defense
People: Kim Jong-il, George W. Bush
Organisations: North Korea government, North Korean armed forces
Locations: South Korea, Pyongyang, North Korea, East Asia, Asia
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Story No: 27371
Source: APTV
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 05/13/1996 04:00 AM


There's new concern that communist North Korea is facing a famine.

One report says people in rural areas are fleeing the country because they can't get enough to eat - and that even in the capital Pyongyang, some residents survive on roots and grass.

But UN officials are playing down the scale of the crisis.

APTV has this exclusive report from North Korea.

Like most North Korean cities, there are few cars on the streets of Kaesong even during the busiest hours of the day.

The lack of fuel can be seen here, where a man pulls gas containers along on a simple handcart.

But North Korea is not just short of fuel - it also has a problem with food.

The sparse food situation in Kaesong is mirrored in other cities as well.

The few vendors found along the way sell the little they are able to find almost as soon as they open for business.

Information on the food situation, although closely guarded by the government, trickles out through aid agencies and visiting business people who see shortages firsthand.

A drive through the countryside shows bare trees, due to a longer-than-expected winter, and rocks left by the floods.

Fields appear dry and in many cases untilled, with few people attending to crops which should have started to sprout.

Livestock is also a rare sight, with the few that are visible looking underfed.

It's all a huge contrast with what's happening just across the border - in South Korea.

South Korean farmers have seen their crops mature - and they don't understand why farmers in the North haven't been able to achieve the same results:


"Farming techniques which have been passed on by our ancestors are the same for both North and South Korea. The only difference is that because of the slight climate change, the North would be a little behind."

SUPER CAPTION: Kim Yoon-bok, Ha-Nam City Agricultural Cooperative Association.

North Korea desperately needs a successful rice harvest this year. So far it's looking good - the rice paddies visible along major routes appear well-irrigated and often green.

But no matter what happens, it won't be enough. North Korean officials have already made clear they want help from the United States and other foreign nations.

Some Korea-watchers paint a grim picture of the struggle to stave off starvation in the North:

SOUNDBITE: (English)

"We know that the people in the rural areas are extremely hungry. A great number of people, people are escaping from the country because of hunger. There are also reports that people even in Pyongyang have been seen scrounging around trying to find roots and grass to eat in the park."

SUPER CAPTION: Bradley Martin, Asia Times

But United Nations officials suggest this view is overstated.

SOUNDBITE: (English)

"I don't see the situation in the D-P-R-K being a very bad or that there might actually be a major food crisis. I would not call what the D-P-R-K is going through at the moment a period of food crisis. They have food problems, but certainly not of the scale that you have in Sub-Sahara Africa, for instance."

SUPER CAPTION: Ian Davies, UNDP, Tumen River Development Programme

He also said that in terms of consumer goods, North Koreans are better off than their Chinese counterparts, asserting that just about every farmhouse in the country has a television.

But the shoppers in this store were not observed making any purchases, despite flocking in when foreigners appeared.

Members of the U-N-D-P team say that the economy here is due to bounce back after four straight years of five to six percent negative growth.

Two-thirds of the North Korean export economy involves metal and mineral products.

The fluctuations in the price of these commodities can be especially hard on Pyongyang's cash flow.

Another problem for the country's financial position is the lack of loans from the World Bank and similar organizations, and an institutional problem with making payments on time.

Thailand recently refused to ship rice, until Pyongyang paid loans outstanding for two years.

And it is such problems that the communist regime has to battle with if it is to prevent the sun setting on its rule in North Korea.

Pyongyang, Nampo, Kaesong, various in North Korea, and Ha-man, South Korea, May 1996 (except where stated)

Kaesong, North Korea:

1. Various street scenes in Kaesong

2. Vendor with no food

3. Street scene

4. Track bare trees in southern North Korea

Near Kaesong, N Korea:

5. Various barren field shots

Ha-man, South Korea, 12 May:

6. Plough in field

7. Workers planting seedlings

8. Tilling soil

9. Seedlings

10. SOUNDBITE: Kim Yoon-bok

North Korea:

11. Tracking shots of fields in central North Korea

12. Various shots: man hoeing field near Pyongyang

13. Various tracking shots of rice paddies near Nampo

14. SOUNDBITE: Bradley Martin

15. Various street scenes: Pyongyang

16. SOUNDBITE: Ian Davies

17. Various interiors: store with many people buying nothing in Kaesong

18. Silhouetted man walking in Pyongyang with sunset in background

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Subjects: Famine, Rice farming, Hunger, Humanitarian crises, General news, Grain farming, Crop farming, Agriculture, Industries, Business, Poverty, Human welfare, Social issues, Social affairs
Locations: North Korea, Pyongyang, South Korea, East Asia, Asia
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North Korea Nuclear
Summary: Pyongyang claims to achieve nuclear fusion reaction
Story No: 645406
Source: APTN, KRT
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 05/12/2010 10:11 AM
People: Kim Jong-il, Kim Il Sung



Pyongyang - 12 May 2010

1. KRT news programme starting

2. SOUNDBITE: (Korean) KRT Newsreader:

"DPRK succeeds in nuclear fusion. Scientists of the DPRK proudly succeeded in nuclear fusion reaction."


FILE: Yongbyon Nuclear Reactor - 21 February 2008

3. Wide of nuclear reactor facilities in North Korea with workers inside

4. Pull out of North Korean workers at nuclear facility


Pyongyang - 12 May 2010

5. SOUNDBITE: (Korean) KRT Newsreader:

"Scientists of the DPRK have worked hard to develop nuclear fusion technology on their own. They solved a great many scientific and technological problems entirely by their own efforts without the slightest hesitation and vacillation even under the conditions where everything was in short supply and there were a lot of difficulties, thus succeeding in nuclear fusion reaction at last."


FILE: Yongbyon Nuclear Reactor - 21 February 2008

6. Workers at nuclear reactor

7. Workers cleaning nuclear facility

8. Interior of control room with pictures of North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il and his father and founder Kim Il Sung


North Korea claimed on Wednesday that its scientists succeeded in creating a nuclear fusion reaction, but experts doubted the isolated communist country actually had made the breakthrough in the elusive clean-energy technology.

Fusion nuclear reactions produce little radioactive waste, unlike fission, which powers conventional nuclear power reactors, and some hope it could one day provide a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.

US and other scientists have been experimenting with fusion for decades, but it has yet to be developed into a viable energy alternative.

North Korea's main newspaper, however, reported that its own scientists achieved the feat on the occasion of the "Day of the Sun", a North Korean holiday marking the birthday of the country's late dynastic founder, Kim Il Sung, in April.

Often, North Korea's vast propaganda apparatus uses the occasions of holidays honouring Kim or his son, current leader Kim Jong Il, to make claims of great achievements that are rarely substantiated.

North Korean scientists "solved a great many scientific and technological problems entirely by their own efforts ... thus succeeding in nuclear fusion reaction at last," newsreader of state broadcaster KRT said on Wednesday.

Experts, however, doubted the North's claim.

According to a physics professor at Postech, a top science and technology university in South Korea, achieving the nuclear fusion reaction is not a simple procedure.

According to some scientists, the North may have succeeded in making a plasma device and produced plasma, a hot cloud of supercharged particles, only one preliminary step toward achieving fusion.

Experts need to know the scale of the experiment and method of generating plasma to assess the details of the North's claim.

South Korea is one of a seven-nation nuclear fusion consortium to build the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, or ITER in Cadarache in southern France by 2015.

Other members include China, the European Union, Japan, Russia, India and the US.

The aim of ITER is to demonstrate by 2030 that atoms can be fused together inside a reactor to efficiently produce electricity.

Current forms of nuclear power do the opposite, harnessing the energy released from splitting atoms apart.

A South Korean official handling nuclear fusion at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said the North appeared to have conducted only a basic experiment.

The official said the fusion has nothing to do with making nuclear bombs and said he could not make any further comment.

He asked not to be identified because he was not authorised to speak to media.

All of North Korea's nuclear projects are of intense concern because of worries the country is building its arsenal of atomic weapons.

Pyongyang conducted two nuclear weapons tests in 2006 and 2009, drawing international condemnation and UN sanctions.

Energy-starved North Korea has said it would build a light water nuclear power plant.

Ostensibly for civilian electricity, a nuclear power plant gives North Korea a premise to enrich uranium, which at low levels can be used in power reactors but can also be used in nuclear bombs.

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Subjects: Electric power generation, Nuclear power generation, Occasions, Government and politics, Science, Production facilities, Technology, Heavy construction, Power generation plant construction, Electric utilities, Utilities, Industries, Business, Electric utilities, Energy, Lifestyle, Facilities, Corporate capital, Corporate news, Construction and engineering, Industrial products and services
People: Kim Jong-il, Kim Il Sung
Locations: East Asia, South Korea, Pyongyang, North Korea, Asia
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North Korea SKorea
Summary: NKorea threatens war after South''s pre emptive strike warning
Story No: 634472
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 01/24/2010 01:34 PM
People: Kim Tae-Young, Kim Jong-il



KRT - No Access North Korea

FILE - Pyongyang, North Korea - 17 July 2008

1. Close up of flag and statue during KRT regular programme

KRT - No Access North Korea

Pyongyang, North Korea - 24 January 2010


2. SOUNDBITE (Korean) Newsreader, name not available:

"Statement of the General Staff of the Korean People''s Army: Our revolutionary armed forces will regard the scenario for a ''pre-emptive strike,'' which the South Korean puppet authorities adopted as a ''state policy,'' as an open declaration of war."

AP Television

Seoul, South Korea - 20 January 2010

3. Wide of South Korean Defence Minister Kim Tae-young seated at table

4. Side view of participants at conference

5. Close up of Kim''s hands, tilt up to his face

6. Wide of conference

7. SOUNDBITE (Korean) Kim Tae-young, South Korean Defence Minister:

"South Korea should launch a pre-emptive strike on North Korea if there was a clear indication the country was preparing a nuclear attack."

8. Pan of conference with participants clapping

9. Kim shaking hands with participant sitting next to him


North Korea threatened South Korea with war on Sunday after Seoul warned it would launch a pre-emptive strike if the North was preparing a nuclear attack - the latest salvo in a battle of rhetoric despite signs of improved cooperation across the militarised frontier.

The North''s military said it would take prompt and decisive military action against any South Korean attempt to violate North Korea''s dignity and sovereignty and would blow up major targets in the South, including its command centre.

"Our revolutionary armed forces will regard the scenario for ''pre-emptive strike,'' which the South Korean puppet authorities adopted as a ''state policy,'' as an open declaration of war," the General Staff of the Korean People''s Army said in a statement carried by the country''s official Korean Central News Agency.

The North''s warning came in response to South Korean Defence Minister Kim Tae-young''s remarks last week that the South should launch a pre-emptive strike on North Korea if there was a clear indication the country was preparing a nuclear attack.

A South Korean Defence Ministry spokesman Won Tae-jae dismissed the North''s statement on Sunday as a predictable reaction.

Kim made similar remarks in 2008 when he was chairman of South Korea''s Joint Chiefs of Staff, prompting North Korea to threaten South Korea with destruction.

Analysts in South Korea said the North''s latest statement reflected its intolerance of any challenge to its own security and the authoritarian regime leader Kim Jong Il but that the war of words was unlikely to derail attempts to improve relations.

The North''s isolated communist regime has reached out to the US and South Korea in recent months in what could be an attempt to ease some of the pressure of UN sanctions imposed on the North after it conducted a nuclear test last year, its second to date.

North Korea quit international talks on ending its nuclear programmes in April last year, but has indicated its willingness to return to international disarmament negotiations if the sanctions are lifted.

In a sign of the conflicting signals from Pyongyang, the North''s military renewed in Sunday''s statement the country''s commitment to improve inter-Korean relations.

Last week, the two Koreas held talks on developing their joint industrial complex in the North''s border city of Kaesong, the most prominent symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.

On Friday, the North unexpectedly offered to hold discussions between military officers in Kaesong this Tuesday to discuss border crossings, customs, and the use of mobile phones and the Internet for South Korean companies in the complex.

South Korea plans to accept the North''s demand for dialogue but ask Pyongyang to set another date as the two sides had already agreed to meet on February 1 in Kaesong to discuss the complex.

More than 110 South Korean factories at Kaesong employ some 42,000 North Korean workers to make everything from electronics and watches to shoes and utensils, providing a major source of revenue for the cash-strapped North.

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Subjects: Armed forces, War and unrest, Army, Military and defense, Government and politics, General news
People: Kim Tae-Young, Kim Jong-il
Locations: South Korea, Pyongyang, Seoul, North Korea, East Asia, Asia
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North Korea Beer Ad
Summary: North Korea airs first beer commercial on state TV
Story No: 611789
Source: KRT
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 07/03/2009 01:29 PM
People: Kim Jong-il, Kim Il Sung


1. Opening sequence on KRT showing North Korean flag with wording on the bottom reading (in Korean) "Korea Central Television"

2. Beer cup and beer bottle appearing on screen with wording reading (in Korean) "Pride of Pyongyang, Taedongkang (Taedong River in North Korea) Beer"

3. Bubbles appearing showing percentages with wording reading (in Korean) "White Rice Beer"

4. Close-up of beer glass

5. Woman holding beer bottle with wording on the bottom reading (in Korean) "Unique Flavour"

6. Korean worker with sweat on his face holding a glass of beer

7. Wide of Taedong river scene with wording reading (in Korean) "Reminds of the Pure and Beautiful Flow of the Taedong River"

8. Close-up of beer cup with wording reading (in Korean) "It suits people's taste" and "Medical Action: Gets rid of stress and has diuretic effect"

9. Close-up of green colour wording reading the beer "contributes to long lives of the people"

10. Beer being poured into glass

11. Woman serving beer and people drinking beer

12. Images of beer factory footage and with wording reading (in Korean) "Our Pride, Taedongkang Beer," and that the beer "will make contribution to our people's lives and it will become more familiar with our people"

13. Zoom in on book cover opening to reveal wording reading (in Korean) "The greatness of one nation depends on the leader's greatness. And the future of the nation depends on the leader's wisdom."


In an apparent first, North Korea, a country that struggles to feed its 24 (m) million people, has aired a beer commercial on state television.

The advertisement, which lasted nearly three minutes after a news programme on Thursday, showed a grinning Korean man with sweat on his face holding a glass of beer, with a caption that read, "Taedong River Beer is the pride of Pyongyang."

The commercial said the beer relieves stress and improves health and longevity. It also showed images of a pub it said was in the capital of Pyongyang, filled with people drinking.

Normally, there are no advertisements on television in North Korea, an isolated, communist country that tightly controls its economy and is wary of capitalistic influences.

Programming consists of news, factory descriptions, some children's animation shows, and documentaries on leader Kim Jong Il and his father Kim Il Sung, interspersed with propaganda slogans and music, according to a South Korean Unification Ministry official.

The official, who has been monitoring the North's television for more than two decades, told The Associated Press that it was the first time he had seen any sort of advertisement for food, much less beer, although he has seen programmes on North Korean cuisine. He asked not to be identified as he was not authorised to speak to media.

The commercial assured viewers of the beer's quality and nutritional value, saying it was made of rice and contained protein and vitamin B2.

It was unclear how much the beer cost and how many North Koreans could afford it. The country is among the poorest in the world, with an average per capita income of 1,065 US dollars in 2008, according to the South's central bank.

The North faces chronic food shortages and has relied on food aid to feed its population since a famine that is believed to have killed as many as 2 (m) million in the mid and late-1990s.

Kim Jong Il, the North Korean leader, apparently enjoys beer.

Kenji Fujimoto, a Japanese sushi chef for Kim, said in a 2003 memoir that he travelled the world for the leader, buying Czech beer as well as Chinese melons, Danish pork and Thai papayas.

Kim's wine cellar was stocked with 10,000 bottles, the chef said, and banquets often started at midnight and lasted into the morning.

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Subjects: Government and politics
People: Kim Jong-il, Kim Il Sung
Organisations: North Korea government
Locations: Pyongyang, P'yŏngyang-si, North Korea
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South Korea North Korea
Summary: Reaction to North Korea's test firing of missile
Story No: 611750
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 07/03/2009 04:51 AM


1. Mid of South Korean Defence Ministry Spokesman Won Tae-jae entering briefing

2. Mid of reporters

3. Mid of Defence Ministry officials

4. SOUNDBITE: (Korean) Won Tae-jae, South Korean Defence Ministry Spokesman:

"When North Korea holds military exercises, or launches missiles, and if the missiles are not beyond the medium-range, they are mostly against South Korea. We are continuously chasing for those signs."

5. Mid of South Korean Unification Ministry Spokesman Chun Hae-sung entering briefing room

6. Wide of briefing room

7. Close of reporter looking at computer screen

8. Mid of reporters

9. SOUNDBITE (Korean) Chun Hae-sung, South Korean Unification Ministry Spokesman:

"We believe North Korea taking these threatening measures are not helpful for maintaining and developing the Kaesong Industrial complex and also in developing South-North relationship. We hope the North takes no more of these kinds of actions."

10. Mid of electronic screen on street reporting missile related news

11. Mid of man reading newspaper headlines on street bulletin

12. Close of map in newspaper showing North Korea's missile launch facility

13. SOUNDBITE (Korean) Vox pop, Choi Soo-hwan, 71-year-old former lawmaker:

"I wish North Korea gets itself together as soon as possible and returns to us with patience until we unify."

14. SOUNDBITE (Korean) Vox pop Bae Jin-woo, 34-year-old resident:

"North Korea is continuously provoking. I think it is provoking because there is still no special or apparent sanction from the international community."

15. Wide of street

16. Mid of people walking in street

17. Wide of street


South Korea condemned North Korea's firing of four short-range missiles off its east coast on Thursday, believed to be the North's first military action in the designated zone.

Speaking in Seoul on Friday, South Korean Defence Ministry Spokesman Won Tae-jae, said any missile launches were an act against South Korea, and said the government would continue to monitor for any further activity.

Unification Ministry Spokesman Chun Hae-sung told reporters such "threatening measures" from Pyongyang was damaging to South-North relations and to Kaesong Industrial complex, and pressed the North to cease further launches.

Relations between Seoul and Pyongyang have deteriorated, with the latest talks over the troubled joint industrial project at Kaesong ending without progress, Chun said.

The two Koreas have been at odds over the fate of a South Korean worker who has been detained in the North since March for allegedly denouncing its political system.

The North has rejected Seoul's repeated calls for the worker's freedom. It has also demanded that South Korean companies sharply increase wages for North Korean workers and fees paid for the use of the land.

Meanwhile, on the streets of the capital, there was equal condemnation from Seoul residents of the North's test-firing on Thursday.

The launches came as North Korea's relations with the United States, South Korea and other countries were already severely strained after its 25 May underground nuclear test and a series of missile firings.

The United Nations Security Council adopted a tough sanctions resolution last month to punish the communist regime.

Yonhap news agency, citing an unnamed military official, reported that all four missiles flew about 60 miles (100 kilometres) and identified them as KN-01 missiles with a range of up to 100 miles (160 kilometres).

Thursday's missile activity came after a North Korean ship, suspected of possibly carrying illicit weapons, changed course and was heading back the way it came after remaining under US surveillance for more than a week.

The North Korean ship was the first vessel monitored under the new UN sanctions that seek to clamp down on Pyongyang's trading of banned arms and weapons-related material by requiring UN member states to request inspections of ships suspected of carrying prohibited cargo.

The North has said it would consider the interception of its ships as a declaration of war.

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Subjects: Sanctions and embargoes, Weapons testing, Labor issues, Foreign policy, International relations, Government and politics, Foreign policy, Government policy, Weapons administration, Military and defense, Social issues, Social affairs
Locations: South Korea, Seoul, Pyongyang, North Korea, East Asia, Asia
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Summary: G16129111
Story No: w096371
Source: AP Television
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 12/16/1991 05:00 AM

}QUOTE REF KOREA: 10/12 - S.Korean PM, Chung Won-shik meets his

GS16129111 N.Korean counterpart, Yon Hyong Muk, in the fifth round

16.12.91 of high level nuclear talks in Seoul. Both call for the

elimination of nuclear weapons but differ on what methods

to adopt. 13/12 - South and North Korea sign historic

pact on reconciliation, non-aggression and exchanges and

co-operation. Date Shot: 10,13.12.91

WTN 2.34mins


** **



N.KOREA 10.12.91 Delegates arriving at truce village of

Panmunjom Panmunjom: N.Korean PM, Yon Hyong Muk, arriving with

military officials: media assembled: N.Korean delegates

and support staff arriving: children presenting flowers

to Pyongyang delegates:

S.KOREA Limousine convoy arrives at Sheraton Hotel: N.Korean PM

Seoul and delegates arrive inside hotel: delegates and

officials walking through hall: N.Korean PM, shakes hands

with S.Korean PM, Chung Won-shik: media at press

conference: PAN to S.Korean spokesman making statement

about meeting: cutaway journalists taking notes:

spokesperson leaves press conference:

10:43:38 (Part mute)

S.KOREA 13.12.91 WS Table showing North and South Korean

Seoul delegations: South Korean delegation on right, led by

Prime Minister, Ghung Won-shik: North Korean delegation

on left, led by PM, Yon Hyong-muk: GVs signing of

documents: documents and handshakes exchanged across

table: delegations out of conference hall: Premiers

shaking hands: GVs state dinner led by South Korean

President, Roh Tae-woo: GVs photo-op:


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Subjects: Disarmament, Diplomacy, Journalists, Weapons administration, Military and defense, Government and politics, International relations, News media, Media
Locations: Seoul, South Korea, North Korea, East Asia, Asia, Pyongyang
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North Korea Anniversary
Summary: 63rd anniversary of founding of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party
Story No: 581571
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 10/10/2008 02:01 PM
People: Kim Jong-il, Kim Il Sung


1. Wide pan of May Day stadium

2. Close up of sign reading (Korean), 'Arirang'

3. Various of people walking in

4. Wide of participants inside stadium

5. Various of Minister of Culture Kang Nung Su addressing crowd

6. Pan of stadium; colourful dancers

7. Various of performance

8. Wide of performance

9. Cutaway audience watching

10. Wide of performance; (Korean) 'Arirang' written in the backdrop

11. Torch lighting

12. Audience clapping

13. Wide of performance; Korean national flag in the backdrop

14. Various of performance

15. Foreign audience watching

16. Wide of performance

17. Various of children performing

18. Audience cheering and clapping

19. Pan of stadium

20. SOUNDBITE (English) Pop Ciprian-Dorel, Romanian member of the Korean Friendship Association:

"Well, I don't have enough words to describe my emotions. It's amazing, it's amazing how everything was realised. The performers, the arts, how everybody is coordinated."

21. Wide pan of exterior


North Korea marked the anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party on Friday amid questions about leader Kim Jong Il's health and indications that Washington was close to convincing the North to resume dismantling its nuclear programme.

APTN North Korea filmed thousands of people attending the mass choreographed "Arirang" performance, which was staged to honour the 63rd anniversary of the ruling party's 1945 foundation.

North Korea's Minister of Culture, Kang Nung Su, addressed the crowd before the performance but leader Kim Jong Il was not to be seen at the event.

Organisers said the "Arirang" performance was comprised of up to 100-thousand participants featured in dancing, singing, and gymnastic and aerobatic routines.

Many of the performers were students and children.

The schoolchildren formed the backdrop - a mosaic of thousands of interchangeable coloured cards that created vivid background scenes to the action on the main stadium floor.

According to the North Korean state news agency, KCNA, Kim Jong Il attended the Arirang performance last year on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the Korean Workers' Party.

The celebration would have been a chance for Kim to appear in public to quell speculation about his health after he missed a key ceremony last month marking the country's 60th birthday.

Kim, believed to suffer from diabetes, heart disease and other ailments, reportedly suffered a stroke in August.

North Korean officials deny he is ill. KCNA sent a report on August 14 saying Kim inspected a military unit - but made no further mention of Kim's

public appearances for nearly two months.

Last Saturday, KCNA reported that Kim watched a football game - but did not specify where or when he saw the match. South Korean officials said they have been unable to verify Kim's reported appearance.

The anniversary typically is a major holiday in North Korea, along with the birthdays of Kim and his late father, North Korea founder Kim Il Sung.

Meanwhile, tensions remain high since Pyongyang stopped disabling its Yongbyon nuclear reactor in mid-August as required under an international disarmament-for-aid accord and moved toward restarting the facility.

North Korea blamed the US, saying Washington reneged on a promise to remove the nation from its terrorism blacklist.

Late on Thursday however, US officials said in Washington that the Bush administration was nearing a decision to remove North Korea from the blacklist in a bid to salvage the stalled disarmament process.

North Korea first must agree to a plan to allow outside verification of its nuclear programme, diplomats said. They spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of an expected announcement.

Meanwhile, North Korea continued to ratchet up tensions, banning UN inspectors from the entire Yongbyon nuclear complex on Thursday.

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Subjects: Government and politics
People: Kim Jong-il, Kim Il Sung
Organisations: North Korea government
Locations: Pyongyang, P'yŏngyang-si, North Korea
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North Korea - Funeral For Kim Il-Sung
Summary: North Korea - Funeral For Kim Il-Sung
Story No: w068927
Source: KRT
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 07/19/1994 04:00 AM
People: Kim Il Sung

More than a million weeping North Koreans packed the streets of

Pyongyang on Tuesday (19/7) for the funeral procession of the

country's late leader, Kim Il Sung, who died on 8 July aged 82.



car with coffin departs/ soldiers lower flags/ cs car and coffin/

cs soldiers holding lowered flags/ ws car past soldiers/ vs

mounrers/ ws car leaving/ TV reporter and mourners/ ws funeral

procession/ cs vs mourners/ ms files of mourners at side of road,

procession with motorcycles/ hysterical mourners/ car carrying

large picture of Kim Il-Sung/ hysterical mourners/ top view of

procession/ ms procession, coffin/ mourners bowing/ ms coffin/

rear shot procession/ hysterical mourners. top shot procession/

woman with microphone, soldiers on parade/ top shot procession/

hysterical women in military uniforms/ ms soldiers mourning/ car

carrying picture of Kim Il-Sung/ hysterical female soldier/ ms

procession, picture of Kim Il-Sung.

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Keywords: DSSO - Funeral, Death, Procession, Stalinist, Dictator, Ceremony,
Subjects: Funerals and memorial services, General news, Government and politics
People: Kim Il Sung
Organisations: North Korea government
Locations: North Korea, Pyongyang, East Asia, Asia
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North Korea Clinton
Summary: Former US president Clinton arrives in Pyongyang for surprise visit
Story No: 615033
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 08/04/2009 04:58 AM
People: Bill Clinton, Kim Kye Gwan, Laura Ling, Euna Lee, Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong-il


1. Wide of former US President Bill Clinton's plane taxiing on tarmac

2. Mid of photographers

3. Long shot of North Korean officials walking out of airport terminal building, led by Yang Hyong Sop, vice-president of North Korea's parliament, the Supreme People's Assembly, with Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan and Director of America Section of Foreign Ministry Li Gun following

4. Mid of Yang pull out to wide as he and other North Korean officials walk onto tarmac

5. Wide of Clinton's plane

6. Zoom in to Clinton walking down steps of plane and onto tarmac and shaking hands with Yang

7. Close of handshake between Clinton and Yang, pull out to wide

8. Mid of young girl holding flowers

9. Zoom in to young girl presenting flowers to Clinton

10. Cutaway of photographers

11. Clinton walking to car and getting in

12. Wide pan of Clinton's car driving away


Former US President Bill Clinton made a surprise trip to North Korea on Tuesday amid an international standoff over the country's nuclear programme and concerns about two US reporters imprisoned in Pyongyang since March.

APTN North Korea filmed Clinton landing in Pyongyang in an unmarked jet, where he was greeted by North Korean officials, including chief nuclear negotiator Kim Kye Gwan and parliament's vice president, Yang Hyong Sop.

A young girl presented Clinton with some flowers.

His visit comes amid heightened tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests in defiance of UN resolutions, and calls from Washington for amnesty for the two reporters.

Laura Ling and Euna Lee, journalists for former Vice President Al Gore's California-based Current TV media venture, were arrested in March while on a reporting trip to the Chinese-North Korean border.

They were sentenced in June to 12 years of hard labour for entering the country illegally and engaging in "hostile acts."

Clinton's wife, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, requested amnesty for the women last month, asking that they be allowed to return to their families in California.

Both are married, and Lee has a 4-year-old daughter. Negotiations for their release are believed to have taken place behind the scenes since Washington and Pyongyang do not have diplomatic relations.

Lee's husband, Michael Saldate, declined to comment late on Monday on Bill Clinton's trip. A message left for Iain Clayton, Ling's husband, was not returned.

Bill Clinton would be the second former US president to visit communist North Korea; Jimmy Carter travelled to Pyongyang in 1994, when Clinton was in office, and met with then-North Korean leader Kim Il Sung, late father of current leader Kim Jong Il.

That visit also occurred at a time of spiralling nuclear tensions - and led to a breakthrough accord between the two sides just months later.

Analysts say the communist regime could use the detained reporters as a negotiating card to win concessions from Washington.

Kim Yong-hyun, a professor at Seoul's Dongguk University, said Clinton's visit could serve two purposes: securing the women's release and improving ties between Washington and Pyongyang, which do not have diplomatic relations.

In New York, the Clinton Foundation did not immediately return calls, and Gore's spokeswoman, Kalee Kreider, said she could not comment. At the White House, Deputy Press Secretary Tommy Vietor said he had no comment.

Pyongyang has expressed strong interest in one-on-one negotiations with Washington, while claiming it won't return to six-nation nuclear negotiations involving China, Japan, the two Koreas, Russia and the United States.

The United States says it can talk bilaterally with the North, but only within the six-nation framework.

North Korea has rapidly escalated tensions this year. It conducted a long-range rocket launch, quit six-nation talks on ending its nuclear programme, restarted its nuclear facilities, carried out its second-ever nuclear test and test-fired a series of ballistic missiles.

As a way to pressure North Korea to return to the negotiating table, Washington has been seeking international support for strict enforcement of a UN sanctions resolution adopted to punish the North for its May 25 nuclear test.

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Subjects: Diplomacy, International relations, Cabinets, Communism, Government and politics
People: Bill Clinton, Kim Kye Gwan, Laura Ling, Euna Lee, Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong-il
Locations: East Asia, Pyongyang, Washington, D.C., North Korea, Asia, United States, North America
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