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South Korea president attends ceremony honoring British soldiers

Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 - 01:00

Nov. 5 - South Korean President Park Geun-hye breaks ground during a ceremony aimed at remembering British soldiers who served in the Korean War. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The South Korean President Park Geun-hye broke the ground on Tuesday during a ceremony to commemorate British soldiers who served in Korean War. The ceremony, also attended by the Duke of Cambridge, took place outside the ministry of defense and unveiled a scale model of the obelisk that will remember more than 1,000 British soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean war. The total number of civilians killed in the war is estimated to stand at around 2.5 million. Earlier on Tuesday President Park, who is on a state visit to the United Kingdom and is staying at Buckingham Palace as the guest of the Queen, was welcomed with an official ceremony at Horse Guards Parade. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, welcomed President Park who joined them in the royal carriage for a state procession along The Mall to Buckingham Palace. At the palace President Park was shown Korean artifacts in the Royal Collection by the Queen and Prince Philip. The Korean war was dubbed the 'Forgotten War' in the UK due mainly to the public's lack of interest in the conflict between north and south Korea. The two Koreas remain technically at war. Today's state visit follows William Hague's trip to South Korea last month when both countries agreed to deepen economic ties. Park's father, Park Chung-hee, led South Korea from 1961 until his assassination in 1979, a tenure marked by human rights abuses and the imposition of martial law, but also by policies sowing the seeds for rapid economic growth.

South Korea president attends ceremony honoring British soldiers

Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 - 01:00

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