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Korea DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) Incident / Results / Armistice Commission Meeting #247528

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Aug 19, 1976
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(Studio) North Korean killing of 2 United States officers in Korea DMZ (demilitarized zone) on Wednesday causes both cntrys. to put troops on alert and Pentagon says 2 fighter squadrons being sent to South Korea. Official from 2 ntns. trade accusations at emergency mtg. of armistice commission at Panmunjom.
REPORTER: Charles Collingwood

(Tokyo, Japan) (Film of meeting shown.) Atmosphere tense at Panmunjom and Americans had to wait 5 hrs. from time meeting requested to begin till North Koreans would meet. Senior United States representative on United Nations command Admiral Mark Frudden condemns North Korean attack as unprecedented in 23-yr. truce period. [FRUDDEN - says act was open, flagrant and deliberate.] Frudden says North Korean representatives should relay American message quickly to their supreme cdr., presumably North Korean president Kim Il-sung. North Koreans say attack was self-defense against reckless, provocative act by Americans (File film footage shown.) American presence in Korea noted. American troops put on precautionary alert; North Korea orders troops on combat posture; North Korea radio says US trying to start war. South Korean troops not put on alert, but most under US command and available if needed.
REPORTER: Bruce Dunning

(DC) Admin. puzzled with regard to incident. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger meeting with officials of Washington, DC spec. action group and with China (P.R.) ambassador Huang Chen. Attack comes after appearances that North Korea provoking diplomatic crisis. Previous indications cited. State Department officials consider North Korea moves unpredictable so American troops in South Korea on alert.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Pentagon identifies 2 casualties in incident as Captain Arthur Bonifas and Lieutenant Mark Barrett.
REPORTER: Charles Collingwood

Collingwood, Charles;
Dunning, Bruce;
Kalb, Marvin

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