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Korean lawmakers scuffle at U.N. meeting

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 00:38

Mar 13 - South Korean lawmakers scuffle with a North Korean diplomat at a U.N. meeting over the issue of North Korean defectors being sent back to the isolated state. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) South Korean politicians scuffled with a North Korean diplomat on Monday (March 12) at a U.N. human rights meeting in Geneva over the a issue of North Korean defectors sent back to the isolated state. South Korean media said the disagreement started when So Se-pyong, the North's ambassador to Geneva, left the meeting room after denouncing a U.N. report on Pyongyang's human rights abuses as "politically-fabricated". Video footage from South Korea's Yonhap news agency showed, as So tried to leave, a brief physical confrontation between the two sides, which was stopped by UN security officials. A group of South Korean lawmakers tried to approach So, and chanted "Save the North Korean refugees". Yonhap said special U.N. reporter on North Korean human rights Marzuki Darusman released his report at the meeting and expressed his deep concern over the North's human rights abuses.

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Korean lawmakers scuffle at U.N. meeting

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 00:38