Fistfight Breaks Out Between Korean Diplomats

UN meeting in Switzerland turns ugly
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2012 10:22 AM CDT

(Newser) – Things got ugly at a UN meeting in Switzerland yesterday, as the South Korean and North Korean delegations briefly came to blows. The confrontation came after North Korean ambassador So Se-pyong dismissed a UN report on his country's human rights record as a "useless interpretation" that had been "fabricated by hostile elements," the Telegraph reports. How to respond? By chanting, of course. "Do not oppress defectors!" intoned four South Korean politicians. When So Se-pyong tried to leave, the two sides scuffled and threw punches, before security separated them.

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