Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (Fairbanks, Alaska) 30 October 1968 Page 20

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Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (Fairbanks, Alaska) 30 October 1968 Page 20 - Daily Newt-Miner, Wednesday, October 30, 1968...
Daily Newt-Miner, Wednesday, October 30, 1968 Situation in Korea At Explosive Point WASHINGTON (AP) - Gen. Charles H. Bonesteel III, U.N. commander In South Korea, said 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 conflict in Vietnam, nowhere else in the world today is there so direct and inflammable a confrontation ... as there is along Korea's QMZ," he said. Bonesteel's remarks came a day after the Pentagon delayed, according to Defense Department sources, announcing an exercise airlifting troops to South Korea. Purpose of the delay, the sources said, is to avoid endangering the Paris peace talks. Bonesteel, also commander of the U.S. 8th Army, said fire is exchanged along the Korean DMZ--demilitarized zone--"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 have passed since the signing of the armistice, Korea is still without real peace, and the Korean war isn't fully over," the general stated. "In fact the situation in 1968 is probably more unstable and North Korea more openly belligerent and ready, willing and able to cause trouble than at any time since 1953." Bonesteel said the Communists are waging "porous warfare" against South Korea, sending highly trained agent-infiltrators by land and sea into the South to attack U.N. personnel 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 'Veil equipped and highly dedicated" army of over 300,000 men organized into 25 small but powerful divisions. Bonesteel said Soviet weapons and equipment have greatly im- proved North Korea's mobility and fire power. The North Korean air force "which was virtually nonexistent in 1963, is today a formidable force of well over 500 MIG fighters and IL28 bombers," he added. The announcement of the Pentagon airlift was due Monday. It uncertain how long formal disclosure would be withheld. NEW Vote Key niinois Governor (AP) - Supporters of third-party presidential candidate George C. Wallace may hold the key to an Illinois governor race matching two men whose biggest apparent differences are age and how often they smile. At factory gates everywhere workers wearing Wallace buttons ignore Democrat Samuel H. Shapiro, the 61-year-old incumbent, and Richard B. Oglivie, 45, the Republican challenger. "The question is how many of

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