The Daily Republic (Mitchell, South Dakota) 29 October 1968 Page 3

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The Daily Republic (Mitchell, South Dakota) 29 October 1968 Page 3 - North Korea Ready For Trouble By BOB HORTON AP...
North Korea Ready For Trouble By BOB HORTON AP Military Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Gen. Charles H. Bonesteel III, U.N. In South Korea, here today North Korea is more openly belligerent and ready" to cause trouble than at any time since 1953. "I think it is fair to say that with the exception of the con- iflict in Vietnam, nowhere else in the world today is there so di- jrect and inflammable a confron- hisjtation ... as there is along Ko- rea ' s DMZ," he said. Bonesteel's remarks came a day after the Pentagon delayed, according to Defense Department Department sources, announcing an exercise airlifting troops to South Korea. Purpose of the delay, delay, the sources said, is to avoid endangering talks> . , . . . B ° nte0stee '' also commander of I the U.S. 8th Army, said fire is exchange along the Korean DMZ— demilitarized zone— "almost "almost every day or night. Bonesteel told the Association !of the United States Army that 100 U.S. and South Korean troops have been killed and 200 wounded in more than 200 fire fights so far this year. Since September 1966 hostile actions by the North Koreans have killed 33 U.S. soldiers and officers, he said. "Although 15 years passed since the signing of the , , tit 'il 1 armistice, Korea is still without real peace, and the Korean war fully over," the general stated. "In fact the situation in 1968 Is probably more unstable and North Korea more openly bellig ! eren t an d ready, willing and able to cause trouble than at any time since Ig53 ... Bonesteel said the Commu- nists are waging "porous warfare" warfare" against South Korea, j sending highly trained agent-in- De-jfiltrators by land and sea into South to attack U.N. person- nel and Conduct other forms of subversion. Bonesteel commands two U.S. divisions plus assorted support units and more than 500,000 South Koreans. Opposing him, he said, is a "well equipped and highly dedicated" army of over 300)000 men or g an i ze d into 25 small but powerful divisions. Bonesteel said Soviet weapons and equipment have greatly improved improved North Korea's mobility The North Korean air force "which was virtually nonexist- ent in 1953, is today a formida- j ble force of well over 500 MIG fighters and IL28 bombers," he added. v The announcement of the Pen- tagon airlift was due Monday. It . 'was uncertain how long formal disclosure would be withheld. The exercise would be similar to one which moved a full division division from Ft. Hood, Tex., to West Germany in October, 1963. Sources said the South Korean maneuver would involve about 2,500 troops, 1,500 of them Army paratroopers and the others Air ^Force m^n

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