The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has denounced Burma's decision to sever diplomatic relations.
SCU Han Si Hae speaking as newsmen listen. (English SOT) (3 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPT: HAN SI HAE: (SEQ 1) "On November 4, the Burmese Government announced that the bomb blast at the National Mausoleum in Rangoon on October 9, was the work of operatives of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and took the unilateral step of severing diplomatic relations with Democratic People's Republic of Korea and ordered our embassy personnel to leave within forty-eight hours. My government, through a statement through the Foreign Ministry categorically rejected and strongly denounced the unjustifiable acts done by the Burmese government. It is really surprising, indeed, and very regrettable, that the Burmese Government - without any prior notice to our side - took such unilateral, unjustifiable step. In our view, the Burmese Government seems to be keen to save its face at the expense of the dignity of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, by shifting the responsibility for the bomb blastin Rangoon to ... into our government."
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Background: The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has denounced Burma's decision to sever diplomatic relations. Han Si Hae, the Permanent Observer to the United Nations told newsmen on November 7, that the step was 'regrettable and unjustifiable'. The North Korean Government has denied any involvement in the bomb blast in Rangoon which killed 21 people including 17 high-ranking South Korean officials on October 9. The diplomats in Rangoon were given forty-eight hours to leave the country, and the North Koreans say the act has increased tensions in the Korean peninsular. Last week, the Burmese government said two men captured and another one killed a few days after the bombing were North Korean commandos. But the North Koreans say the severing of diplomatic relations has been taken on the basis of 'groundless material'. Han si Hae told the newsmen that the Burmese Government were acting to save its face at the expense of the North Koreans.