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South Korea / Kim #94680

ABC Evening News for Friday, Feb 08, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Seoul, South Korea) Police violence against returning opposition leader Kim Dae Jung and American entourage accompanying him examined; films shown. Assassination of Benigno Aquino upon his return to Philippines recalled. [American ESCORT - describes police attack.] [KIM - acknowledges beating.] Anti-government demonstration discussed.
REPORTER: Jim Laurie

(Studio) Kim's background as advocate of democracy described; probability that he would have been elected president had not current dictator Chun Doo Hwan seized power recalled. Kim mentioned returning now for upcoming parliamentary election
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Reagan administration's reaction to Kim's treatment upon return to South Korea examined. [State Department spokesperson Edward DJEREJIAN - notes formal protest lodged with South Korean officials.] [Monday, assistant secretary state Elliott ABRAMS - dismisses possibility of South Korean government violence against Kim.] Chun Doo Hwan's oppression of political opposition and political sensitivities faced by Reagan administration in dealing with his regime considered. [KIM - blames US support of dictators throughout world for ensuing political crises; lists countries illustrating concept.] Chun's April visit to White House thought not in jeopardy at this time.
REPORTER: Jim Wooten

(Studio) [Former assistant secretary state Patricia DERIAN - discusses implications of police assault on Kim and delegation; describes attack; criticizes Reagan administration's support for South Korean dictator.]
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter;
Laurie, Jim;
Wooten, Jim

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