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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - President Roh Tae-woo said Thursday

September 29, 1988

Undated (AP) _ SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - President Roh Tae-woo said Thursday the news media of South Korea and the United States should show restraints and avoid reports that may provoke the sentiments of their people.

Roh made the remarks after receiving a briefing on growing anti-U.S. sentiment in South Korea during the Olympics now under way in Seoul.

″The news media of the two countries now should report in a way not to provoke the sentiments of each other’s people,″ Roh said during a visit to the main Olympic press center.

The president commented on a controversy involving NBC and said the American network’s reports of South Korea were ″mostly affirmative.″

″Even if the reports of NBC included something that hurt our self-esteem, we should put up with it, since most of the network’s reorts were affimative,″ he said.

NBC has been a target of South Korean criticism because of its extensive coverage of an incident in which South Korean boxing officials assaulted a New Zealand referee after one of their Olympic boxers lost a close decision last week.

NBC’s coverage and other incidents involving American athletes touched off a new wave of anti-American sentiment, with newspapers criticizing NBC and stadium crowds booing U.S. athletes.

Prime Minister Lee Hyun-jae also took up the issue Thursday and said, ″We should not let one-time feelings damage the traditionally friendly relations between the United States and our nation.″

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