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at the same time he says troops will open the way for civilians to leave closure or you fall there is no contradiction between our troops and the combat operations the advancement of jeev yesterday and the day before by the arab syrian army took place in the midst of this truce that's why when we speak about the resolutions there are some positives that allow for the achievement of humanitarian goals at the same time as allowing us to get the terrorists this is why we have to continue with our operation while at the same time allowing civilians to leave and live in italy the n.t. establishment five star movement is claiming a triumph in the general election with votes still being counted but none of the parties look like getting enough seats to form a majority government china's parliament is expected to approve changes to the car secu sion which will see president xi jinping able to rule indefinitely the national people's congress is holding its annual gathering in beijing. south korea
has sent a senior delegation to north korea for two days of talks it's in response to an invitation from north korean leader kim jong un sr during her visit to the winter olympics delegation includes the chief of south korea's national intelligence service. we will deliver president moon jillian's wish to bring about denuclearization of the korean peninsula and permanent peace by extending the goodwill and peace and to korean relations created by the pyong chang winter olympics. q and for this we will have in-depth discussions with north korea to start a dialogue between the north and south between north korea and the united states as well as engage dialogues with other members of the international community u.s. media's reporting special prosecutor robert miller's investigation into russian interference in the two thousand and sixteen election has widened to include the united arab emirates the new york times says the f.b.i.
has been questioning george and ned that a lebanese american businessman who is an advisor to the u.a.e. also democratic senators are calling for senior white house advisor and trump son in law jared kirshner to be removed if allegations against him interfering in u.s. foreign policy a true if it's true it's damning if it's true or has to go for many of us the fall of the middle east closely we could not understand why the trumpet ministration was so firmly taking the saudis side in this dispute between the saudis the m roddy's and the qataris because the united states has very important interests in qatar at the top of the list are thousands of u.s. troops that are stationed in a base there and so to so firmly take the side of the saudis against the countries potentially resulting in the downward spiral of the qatari economy put thousands of americans at risk. an investigation has found that british cycling star bradley
wiggins took a banned drug before winning the two thousand and twelve tour de france the report by a parliamentary sports committee says wiggins used powerful corticosteroids to prepare for the race it says team sky's who wiggins was riding with crossed an ethical line but we can says he took the drug to treat his asthma and denies using substances without medical need billions is credited for bringing integrity back to cycling after the seven time tour de france champion lance armstrong was banned for doping . and the shape of water has won the best picture at hollywood's biggest night of the year the academy awards frances mcdormand won best actress for her role in three billboards outside ebing missouri and gary oldman took best actor for his portrayal of britain's world war two leader winston churchill in darkest hour here mar del toro won best director for the shape of water and former n.b.a. star kobe bryant caught in our score for his animated short film dear basketball
growing year by year so here on rewind we decided to revisit some of the most important of those stories once again today we're rewinding to two thousand and ten and north korea for the past several months for korea's deteriorating relations with the u.s. and the administration and donald trump in particular have threatened to plunge the world into the darkness of a nuclear war earth korea's increasing military buildup and testing of missiles now presents an apparent threat to japan and beyond across the pacific as far as the united states president trumps belligerent response it even included the threat of overwhelming military action john yang's rhetoric is equally bellicose and though the regime claims that it needs a nuclear strike capability to deter the threat of u.s. aggression there is history here as well there are north korean still living who have personal experience of american bombing during the korean war nearly seventy years ago back in two thousand and ten people in power travel to north korea to investigate claims that some of those bombs contained not high explosive but
biological weapons insects deliberately infected with deadly diseases it's a claim that the u.s. is all. ways deny that filmmaker ten take had unique access to this extraordinary story traveling deep inside the country to talk to men who claim to be survivors an attack an american says never happened yesterday little secrets. almost sixty years ago this peaceful lake was the scene of either a terrible crime. or a cynical hoax. each of these old men is either a witness to that crime or a participant in that home. what happened or never happened here in nine hundred fifty two is the key to one of the most intractable international disputes today.
the korean war was the first armed confrontation of the cold. in one thousand nine hundred six the united states unilaterally divided korea along the thirty eighth parallel. when in one thousand nine hundred fifty north korean forces backed by the army of communist china crossed the border to unify the country america persuaded the united nations to support military action against what washington saw as the global threat of international come. the fact that time of the forces have invaded korea is a warning that there may be similar act of aggression in other parts of the word. over the next three bloody areas an estimated two million soldiers died when may. at least two million civilians were killed or wounded and millions more were made
homeless. but early in one nine hundred fifty two north korea claimed the villages throughout the country was suffering unprecedented outbreaks of people nick plague anthrax and typhus. it accused the united states of bacteriological warfare dropping germ bombs containing insects shellfish and feathers infected with plague as well as anthrax and color. america angrily denied the claim. made just released films lay bare the shocking truth behind communist charges of germ warfare in korea and ever since the germ warfare allegations have been dismissed as communist propaganda from an isolationist rogue state it was broadcast by the communist propaganda machine throughout the world. today north korea is the most impenetrable state on the
planet. yes over the past twenty years professor morey musser taka a leading japanese academic has gradually won the confidence of paean young secretive rulers. helping the way he joined us. shows how was i not already saigon orders and president of the whole of us so they must. now mari has persuaded p.r. nyang to allow our cameras to follow him through his latest visit it is an unprecedented step foreign journalists are routinely banned from entering north korea we will be working under strict control told where and what we can film and accompanied by government officials at all times. yet we will also be taken deep into the heart of this most hidden country to meet men who claim to have witnessed america's use of germ warfare firsthand.
in the center of pyongyang the korean army maintains a vast museum dedicated to documenting its version of the war with america. inside professor morey examines a room given over to what north korea claims to be direct evidence of germ warfare by the united states including specimen jars filled with flies mosquitoes and fleas all allegedly infected with deadly pathogens is it the has what the disease typhoid cause there are pests like this or heavy disease is injects like a small boy says into the insects and the thoughts inside lead to small ones and drops into evidence it's not. according to north korea american pilots dropped
specially adapted bombs these carried no explosives but split open to release the infected insects which would then pass on the diseases to the local population so this is to joan joan long as it is i'd like to speak bombs they put some insects. i mean this thirty four kinds of insects. in a separate projection room mari is given a private screening of what north korea claims is new skill shot in one thousand nine hundred fifty two. the footage appears to show masses of insects crawling on snow covered ground beside the bomb casings a highly unusual phenomenon. and also logic in.
concerti that isn't even any. and all sounds i think that i didn't notice and. i don't know. but i could have any do you think i want out you know the rest of this but humans from which country were these insects were dropped by american pilots or placed here by north korean propagandists. is this evidence of a war crime or is america claims merely crude propaganda you don't even want you to meet. him and so they call it one dancey don't care are cut out a machine will kill me i wished he was going in show he'll miss things that are serving us second i know that a. couple of us let the national. committees and commissions that you know. some of his in a campaign that new sewing room are sending the hoga in
a quick start their. cars had paid for your discharge and. the. dawn of a pyongyang. at seven am government sirens wake the city summoning its people to begin a new day's work. morey master tucker is leaving pyongyang and heading out into north korea's rural hinterland in search of people who claim to have witnessed and survived germ warfare. but the very nature of this country means that he is completely reliant on the p.r. nyang government to provide his transport and to put forward his interviewees. on
the outskirts of bunging a village forty five kilometers east of pyongyang two elderly farmers are waiting to meet him young chan bindon toxic lost their fathers during the war both claim that an american plane dropped a germ bomb close to the village. then you go. you know do your. job. has been pretty terrible you must have call it global q will you be telling me to bully. has another so it's only to bore a hole in the. dani imbuing them great they're going to use. you now on you.
mind you're making very probably twenty seven tomorrow might keep you on with your mate during the war captured american pilots made filmed confessions in which they admitted dropping bombs filled with infected insects on north korean villages might never be clean. i mean not many but not. in your beloved will they didn't see or don't drown you in the funny your medicine or your kidney month old girl came in he. sounded. kindly he didn't hear them and now you. to be there when i am or and there could. be. what you were
a prosecutor and then when. i have eyes in the arm of him i'm going to do what is in the. a poem. and you mean that here in mani's under. the sony me. it's a. second guy. kind of one goalie i love it all i never want to put it up to pay back your money. i give you mine they are our not to go ahead and do it our role. in the film to confessions the american air force officers expressed apparently genuine remorse for their actions can i go back and take my family and them alive or. can i think that i am a criminal and i love you man. but when they returned home at the end of the war
they all retracted their confessions so where does the truth lie for professor mori at least the north korean witnesses of the more convincing the. know them in a code of medicine that is gonna. kill me is on study. some of the. night but this is also when economists. believe. these. little to him about any. mores mission is taking him deeper into north korea's rural hinterland and into the areas most heavily bombed during the war.
there matter and village in the east of the country he meets shake young stock. in one nine hundred fifty two he was in his final year at school. of the chemical lab he couldn't haul building down to the. new reasonable water. temp in going to school but he got it in. at a meeting with little but now with. a pod jonathan. came yamani to the neat little wooden desk he can turn in order that i can not again. in march nine hundred fifty two this peaceful rural area was heavily bombed by the us air force. by then the war ground to a stalemate and. american military chiefs had already dropped thousands of tons of
napalm and were considering a nuclear strike. but the people of mataram village claimed to have been the victims of a very different weapon well ya know. he going to go there who could have me he told me he would he. would have been able to get to didn't there. who would they may kiss me good luck incidents he'd. come here whom you would in there. to me would have if they saw. you been born with a gun you could tell me you don't have or do need to get the why will you take it in the. long cause. if you get them there. then we don't already know somebody that. could be home
since you. according to the villages within days many of them fell sick and began to die the symptoms apparently consistent with bubonic plague a disease with no recent history in korea. already killing your own one. also one of the people who got on. board one hundred more normal for parking people from people who didn't know what part of what i thought would hold on i'm not sure how delightful. they're going to come from though. i'm going to law. there's all the little. part time to work through. who want a room we're not talking about right off a. special car to question. what.
they be i can just saying thank you send that here yet they still have. the music on the play again with us no. no no no no it's not up. so you sure are going to know that i put you on with us now that i. but the city says one isn't. but mari knows that testimony from north korean citizens will not be enough to convince a skeptical world that the united states used germ warfare in korea says your higher stuff so i just saying no choice are ahead and he i gained in it in a creditable dollar. in fact within months of the allegations being made the north koreans did invite an international commission to visit the country . composed of scientists from france italy sweden the soviet union and brazil and led by a distinguished if left leaning british embryologist it toward the affected areas
interviewed the sick and the dying and carried out a detailed analysis of their infections. the commission's six hundred page report included results of post-mortems on the victims these identified plague typhoid cholera and anthrax. it concluded the germ warfare had been deployed exactly as the north koreans claimed but despite its wealth of scientific evidence it was dismissed by america as communist this information. no. the. moment excellent isn't there and you know i got used to it and you know i have a chore son she know or. i send with this person. there's a. whole lot of things what are you doing. today
at the thirty eighth parallel korea remains divided north and south korea remain technically at war every hour of every day the border guards square up to each other across the symbolic dividing line under the constant gaze of american forces . but tucker's search for information about biological warfare in korea will take him far away from this disputed border. harbin northeastern china. in the one nine hundred thirty s. and one nine hundred forty s. japan occupied this part of china. inside these brick buildings a division of the imperial japanese army unit seven three one carried out grotesque human experiments as a result japan became the first country ever to perfect the technology of
biological warfare. agents in this. chair and. they already said early. on the. theory. problems i'd only all horizontal. color to me. the trash the japanese experiments exposed to bare living victims insects or shellfish infected with plague anthrax and cholera while weapons experts created unique bombs to deliver these pathogens to their target during world war two japan dropped thousands of these bombs throughout northern china infecting towns and villages with plague cholera anthrax and typhoid see.
him as a woman the powerful that they don't unit seven three one was run by japanese scientists and led by general shiro. yet despite clear. that unit seven three one used biological warfare on such an industrial scale after the war now the shira she nor the leaders of his germ weapons team was ever prosecuted for war crimes. it's a deal so when you're. doing. this on all that hard to we article gotten. a dollar bill. and they end all hurt all the other forces. the techniques and the germs used by unit seven three one match exactly the details of north korea's claims of american
biological warfare and today chinese officials at least a convinced that there was a link between the two may say your wording in there was. showing all the details. yeah. yeah woody that should. just. for professor mahdi the narrative he has heard amid the ruins of unit seven three one is deeply shocked. when i told us nationals are they can i you know or she should or innocent young innocent japan can light up a wing a snare. interest that. i have. some of your kindness that some in this continuous. but i see.
no. nonsense i know from. some of them another. one says one hundred so that's the law it's not the law particle to knuckle their knee so nor isn't it the. how could he she escaped justice. did america really use his pioneering technology to wage biological warfare in korea. or would the convincingly detailed confessions of american air force pilots actually extract it under communist pressure. the truth may lie in another country thousands of miles from here. i am doing this for the benefit of saddam people. so bad to see being bald and
all the guys. who witness documentaries that open your eyes. at this time on al-jazeera. the nature as news as it breaks there is a sense of renewed hope with the president enjoys quiet feel with detailed coverage they are dodging distractions that appeared to be hurting president trump civility to manage the mideast peace crisis from around the world over one hundred thirty one thousand people are registered in the south korean database first separated family. electro capital the capital which makes a creative. when nature is transformed into a commodity big business takes
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says troops will open the way for civilians to leave closer to you for there is no contradiction between a truce and the combat operations the advancement of yesterday and the day before by the arab syrian army took place in the midst of this truce that's why when we speak about the resolutions there are some positives that allow for the achievement of humanitarian goals at the same time as allowing us to get the terrorists this is why we have to continue with our operation while at the same time allowing civilians to leave and no clear winner has emerged from italy's elections the n.t. establishment five star movement is projected to a one a third of all votes cast it was also a good night for the center right coalition of former prime minister silvio berlusconi but the hung parliament looks likely with weeks of negotiations to form a government south korea has sent a senior delegation to north korea for two days of talks on monday that's in
response to an invitation delivered by north korean leader kim jong il in sr during her visit to the pyong chang winter olympics delegation delegation includes the chief of south korea's national intelligence service. an investigation has found british cycling star bradley wiggins took a banned drug before winning the two thousand and twelve tour de france the report by a parliamentary sports committee says wiggins used power for corticosteroids in to prepare for the race but wigan says he took the drug to treat his asmer and denies using substances without medical need we can discredited for bringing integrity back to cycling after the seven time tour de france champion lance armstrong was banned for doping. the shape of water has won best picture at the ninetieth annual academy awards gary gary oldman took best actor for his role as winston churchill in darkest hour while frances mcdormand won best actress for her role in three
billboards yama del toro won best director for the shape of water those headlines now back to rewind. november two thousand and nine and the president of the united states issues a stern warning to north korea over its nuclear program. north korea behaves in a provocative fashion. then. is willing to return to talks. talks for a while and then leaves the talks seeking further concessions and there is never actually any progress on the core issues. while in pyongyang north korean officials insist that talk about nuclear weapons depends on resolution of the fifty eight year old claims that america used biological warfare in the korean war.
be. coming on. you were needed so you money could be would be. good to you didn't know who were not. true. none would be. called pradhan which young call view. and. but while professor morey's inquiries continue in north korea the search for the truth about whether america did use biological weapons there moves halfway around the world. in the u.s. national archives just outside washington d.c. two documents reveal a disturbing relationship between america and she is she the mastermind behind japan's biological warfare program unit seven three one. they show that after the
war american military intelligence shielded the leaders of unit seven three one from war crimes trials in return for their expertise in advancing america's then embryonic germ warfare plans information procured will have the greatest value in future development of the u.s. b.w. program so we decided that we're going to trade in this sort of of deal. we trade issues non-prosecution for his cigarettes which he smuggle out are and so the deal is made the trunks of of raw data arrive and in a sense we've sold our souls because we need to know that they were able to develop weapons that were capable of killing hundreds of thousands of people these once top secret documents reveal that to speed its program the united states paid ishi and his top germ warfare scientists handsomely for their cooperation they were assisted
by direct payments payments in kind food miscellaneous gift items entertainment. from one nine hundred forty seven behind this security fence at fort dietrich in maryland the u.s. army began work to expand issues use of insects to deliver bubonic plague anthrax cholera and typhus not very far from any. it would get historic frederick maryland other biological warfare laboratories. were working on delivery systems from planes and from nestle's and from other paratus of both fleas but primarily mosquitoes it was a very active program a well funded program a program in which we in fact were testing some of these delivery systems clowder biological warfare agent can be generated so successful was fort dietrich in
perfecting the technology of biological warfare that in the late one nine hundred fifty one as american forces were bogged down in korea the u.s. joint chiefs of staff issued a top secret order to begin testing germ weapons on the battlefield large scale field tests should be conducted to determine the effectiveness of specific b.w. agents under operational conditions. at the time america was fighting only one wounding korea if the order by the joint chiefs of staff was a bait and it was only one battlefield where biological weapons could be tested. and video testimony given as he was dying by a japanese technician who worked to unit seven three one suggests that these trials may have been actively assisted by the original masterminds of biological warfare
considerate towards those ends of the day he's only. solo. doesn't take being conned the only. one who isn't isn't. and he's on governors on. our doors are new. to us is our nature to be so there. just look at who goes home. according to north korea america began dropping bombs filled with infected insects in january nine hundred fifty two near the end of the korean winter. in support it cites what it claims is contemporary newsreel footage showing scientists examining insects surrounding the remains of bombs on snow covered ground like a bomb casing from a standard leaflet bomb that was used to deliver pamphlets and that sort of information we showed this film to entomologist and biological warfare expert
professor geoffrey lockwood it's really difficult to say what that is there's there's no scale so i can't tell what the size of those insights are given that appears to be snow i would guess that of the big it could be something like stone flies crawling around on the snout but for professor lockwood the problem is not with the insects the bombs or the snow it's with the veracity of the film itself it has to be almost certain that what we're seeing here is a a recreate of what the koreans saw or claimed to have seen the possibility of getting a camera film crew to an area where insects at this sort of density have been dispersed in time to actually film that converges on zero so what we're seeing is is what they said they saw and this is probably as close as they can come to that does that necessarily mean that it didn't have. no it doesn't it doesn't mean that it didn't happen it's simply that this is not evidence that it did happen so this
is is is i would gather this is their attempt to simulate the sorts of things that they that they saw in one hundred fifty two united states representatives took to the floor of the united nations it is no exaggeration to say. problem with greivis run now from the world they denounced the north korean evidence as a clumsy fake and a lie. but in doing so they told their own lies undermining the credibility of all american denials of biological warfare some of the denial was just absurd almost laughable when when for instance one particular u.s. official says we did not have any development of of insight vector disease research in the united states at that time it's simply an absurd bald faced deception it's a lie working up to fans is against chemical biological and radiological warfare is
the responsibility of the army chemical corps were insect dropped over north korea and parts of china my sense is that there were incidents that involved. probably quite limited. but very very important u.s. testing of biological materials and how will the issue ever be laid to rest once for all i don't know of the issue will be later i mean our debate is with the smoking gun with with with definitive testimony from a u.s. official who was involved in the program and can say yes we did it. the key to the mystery may lie with the american efforts offices who originally confessed to dropping bombs. very few are still alive today.
but we tracked down one of the survivors to this peaceful senior citizens community near houston texas. kenneth enoch is eighty five years old today he enjoys a comfortable retirement sharing wartime memories with his wife bob these are supposed to be bombs over here is that right those are bomb is the earliest way and i think it says if this man is hungry give him food. but from one thousand nine hundred fifty onward left tenant kenneth enoch was another gator on u.s. air force b. twenty six bombing missions over north korea all but one or two most of missions we threw at night our favorite target was trains we were in and i trains you know but sometimes the one would almost hit the engine. and actually if we drop net napalm on the engine you know to try and discourage them i guess it was the you could feel old napalm go off on january the thirteenth nine hundred fifty
two after fifty three night bombing missions the next plane was shot down and he bailed out over north korean territory and landed in the persian spillman i found a corner of a rice paddy. and it was snowy there were quite a bit of snow on the ground and i saw a dark spot over there on the corner and so i thought well that's a good place for me to be but in less than an hour kenneth enoch was captured by north korean and chinese soldiers it was the morning of his twenty seventh birthday they marched me down a house and i had a place to sit. and they had a guard there and they handed me a piece of paper in english. said. don't worry about it and all that we're going to send and anyway you know they don't want to trouble for awhile least but anyway. so i was. left in and would be held captive in
north korea for the next twenty months but what happened to him and what he did during his time as a prisoner of which proved to be one of the most bitterly disputed pieces of evidence in the allegations of american biological warfare. that. there. was. there. on april the first nine hundred fifty two ken if you know committed detailed confession that he had taken part in a series of biological warfare missions. on film and over eight closely written pages left hadn't he not described his biological weapons instructions. or the techniques of dropping germ bombs that have them. separated from the. back of it. and the code word
assigned to log them on his return three. or four. ordinary. in all thirty six american air force officers made written or filmed confessions of dropping germ bombs while in captivity. but when they were sent back home at the end of the war the us department of defense woman them that they could be brought before courts martial to face treason charges subsequently in response to identical questions each officer made a carefully worded retraction just released films lay bare the shocking truth behind communist charges of germ warfare in korea and the so-called confessions of captured u.s. airmen each retraction was filmed by military cameras and handed to television news reel companies with the unit it has been the lead time and authority that you have
been there but the basic so-called germ warfare bombing the are not very good you care to make a statement regarding. if the left tenant kenneth enoch's retraction was typical. movie why recording interviews. were forced upon me that johnny. said that due to my for him a good american patient which was absolutely. in my confession i would now be branded by the people of the world as in fact a war criminal even spread that method you better find it. in your statement. yesterday they use both physical and mental pressure they pushed me around. me attention for
a long period. forced me to sit at a tangent. finally i could see that there was no alternative insanity or death they they threaten me and threaten me again that i should never leave alive if i didn't cooperate but nearly sixty years later kenny enoch now denies he was ill treated by his captors. through these very brutal thoughts no no no no no. no no no. but here i lay there one time they had me and i did the stay in the same place all the time and i can't recall one particular thing but. maybe maybe they wanted to move somebody else you know how whatever they do so i got transferred to another building another house not home and it was cold. the
so my room wasn't quite as big but it was it was all i needed you know where they are but they came in because it was so cold they came with a. part full of charcoal you know lay it. and they put it in the room to keep me warm the second reason flight left tenant gay for making his confession was mental pressure also forced to read their propaganda. make they were both comment on it that is their their russian publications and so on on communism today once again his story changes try to let you. know if you want to be that really hurts. that. they had already and. i don't think so for your time dockery they had all kinds of books or if you want
to go i guess and if you bought one you didn't like you know it just over here so why then did he make such a detailed confession today he claims that it was a deliberate deception there was four days for us and then else i could think of he says that he booby trapped the document giving his fellow crew members the names of american cartoon characters there was a fellow named dick tracy dick tracy you know dick tracy over there yeah richard tracy what. you know and i was going to put a junior in there for doing a trick you tell you only does this make you always like. yeah but they were there i wanted them to be recognizable. so i if i get tracy and jr that would been greater that you know you can't put too many people on one of them or it's worse or
it would have been a real dandy probably would have had a president from where. the difficulty with this story is that many of the dates and places detailed in kennedy knox confession have since been confirmed as accurate. the only mention of anything approaching a cartoon character is a passing reference to his gunnery officer sergeant tracy. and then nearly sixty years on kenneth iraq seems to make at least a partial admission that the united states did deploy bacteriological weapons first of all i think you have to understand what what these. biological warfare or whatever or quark is a pretty big field and it's health what you've got specialists and evil doctors and all of that nonsense but but there's the people who deal and they're don't have to
go high and so as fairies we deal for them you know but they send you send it when you nevertheless he still denies that he personally played any part in the affair i thought want you to know i don't know where this thing or this flight you know i was just a passenger. official records of bombing raids over north korea held in the u.s. national archives one way to clear up the confusion about kenneth enoch's confession and subsequent retraction would be to examine the flight logs for his missions over korea. but they were removed from the files by the u.s. air force on march the twenty third one nine hundred fifty two two months after he was captured and one week before he made his written confession. and after the war the u.s. military imposed a top secret classification on all documents relating to biological warfare in the far east. many of the flight records for korea have never been released.
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free world to hold back the march of international communism and yet when we asked both the department of defense and the state department for filmed interviews to discuss the allegations of america's biological warfare program both refused they also declined to respond to ten specific questions about north korea's claims. instead a government spokesperson issued a two line statement describing the allegations as baseless and the dissin from a campaign that refuses to die. one thing is clear. until those allegations are laid to rest. and america's innocence or culpability is established beyond doubt perhaps by an independent inquiry. one of the most enduring cold war mysteries will continue to haunt
its relationship. with the world's most secretive state. dirty little secrets from two thousand and ten a persuasive story but one that has been consistently denied by every american administration for more than sixty years in north korea though this story contributes to a profound suspicion at the united states and its intentions and southeast asia i'm joined now from u.k. by professor hazel smith a korea expert from london school of oriental and african studies professor thank you so much for joining us so if all of this happened with you know deadly insects biological weapons if all this happened it was more than sixty years ago but having said that is this still a very real live issue for north koreans now the truth is about the korean war is that it was a very dirty war on all sides there atrocities by the north koreans by the south
koreans there were many many people killed and many many orphans and many maimed so the whole of the war full remains controversial but sickly for north koreans and for south koreans because they've still got family members that are split so it's not fifty three once when the war ended there's been no communication between the two sides so the issues about. alleged germ warfare a part and parcel of the discourse which takes place in north korea this is a controversial topic at the time in the one nine hundred fifty s. remains controversial now there's still no smoking gun evidence this to took place but it forms part of the official discourse it doesn't however form part of the day to day discussions of north koreans i lived and worked in north korea for two years all over the country not so different settings in farms and hospitals and
. clinics and. talked to lots and lots of different people it was never raised once as an issue with me not even in passing where some other issues were race of course things like the fact that there were so many men killed in the one nine hundred fifty s. in the war that there were disproportionate amounts of women left alive today for a brief moment there is a slight deescalation but obviously the tension is still there how do you see things playing out on the korean peninsula well there are different objectives the north koreans want to preserve regime security which for them means both territorial defense for prevention of military intervention from the outside but also security for the current government and for those in power it saw what happened in iraq to saddam hussein and in libya to gadhafi and their
argument is that if those countries had maintained nuclear weapons program or similar sorts of programs they wouldn't have been vulnerable to invasion from the united states and others although what's encouraging is with south korea and north korea after all the hearts of the matter on the korean peninsula at least talking to each other now in two thousand and eighteen in a way that they haven't been for two. is there are some diplomatic channels which will at least at this stage allow for talks on more sensitive issues but there is a long long way to go before we can see an end to these conflicts thank you professor hazel smith for joining us and that is it from us to check out the rewind page at al-jazeera dot com for more films from the series i'm richelle carey thank you for joining us.
welcome back as we look at weather conditions across in the violent and western parts of asia where it's looking fine actually for much of stan through his back is stan and away towards the caspian sea too and on the southern side there we're looking at tehran with twenty degrees in the sunshine pretty warm for baghdad at twenty nine degrees celsius meanwhile we saw some snow pushing across parts of the caucasus and preventing turkey seen highs of just a fourteen degrees but if you come southwards it's looking pretty warm still not southwesterly flow beirut in lebanon there a maximum of twenty four degrees celsius here the arabian peninsula is also looking fine much as we would expect thirty three is a high in mecca little bit of cloud around northern parts of saudi arabia and side chance of a show about here in qatar it should be fine with a maximum of twenty eight degrees pretty light winds indeed thirty degrees as they head through into chews day pretty warm around the rest of the gulf states to we
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