Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) 26 March 1969 Page 2
World News In Brief PANMUNJOM, Korea (AP) — North and South Korean forces clashed on the demilita rized zone today for the first time in six days, and both sides exchanged charges at an armis tice commission meeting here No casualties were reported-. North Korea said 10 South Ko rean soldiers attacked its forces across the truce zone, firing "several thousand rounds o heavy and light machine-gun fire." It said South Korea later brought up a number of tanks U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen James B. Knapp of the U.N Command, said a South Korean report indicated the North Koreans fired 800 rounds of machine-gun and small arms am munition at a guard post, starting a fire and destroying a tower and other buildings. Knapp proposed an on-the- spot investigation by a joint observer team, but the North Koreans rejected this as a "cover up." It was the first firefight reported since the allied airlift exercise Focus Retina' ended March 20. There were five fire fights during the nine-day war games, which North Korea had denounced as a provocation aimed to start a new war.