The Corpus aller-Times (Corpus Christi, Texas) 24 April 1969 Page 13
CORPUS CHRISTITIM^. Thurs., April 24, 1939 5 Park May Request More Aid SEOUL. UP) - President Chung Hee Park of South Korea will ask President Nixon to beef up U.S. air power in South Korea and strengthen the South Korean navy before a special American task force leaves the Sea of Japan, (lie Donghwa news agency said today. today. The naval force was dispatched dispatched to protect American reconnaissance f l i g h North Korea after the downing of a U.S. spy plane April 15. Donghwa said a high-ranking high-ranking official told it that South Korea's ambassador to tha United States, Kim Dong-jo, will deliver Park's request to Nixon after he returns to Washington Saturday following following consultations at home. I A similar report was carried by the Korea Times. Fire Fight The U.N. Command reported reported meanwhile that North Korean Korean and South Korean troops exchanged fire across the Demilitarized Demilitarized Zone early yesterday. yesterday. The command sa'id the gunfight was initiated by the North Koreaas and lasted more than an hour, but there vyere no South Korean casualties casualties reported. North Korea has charged that U.S. forces "fired into North Korean t e r r i Wednesday," but the U.N. announcement said the fire fight occurred in the central sector of the 151-mile truce zone. Americans guard 18 miles of the DMZ on the western front. The North Korean announcement announcement also said the fighting was in the central sector. Japan Criticized Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency today accused Japan of "openly taking taking a hand in moves for provocation of a new war in Korea." The c h a r prompted by Prime Minister Eisaku Sato's statement that North Korea downed the U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane over international waters. He also defended U.S. intelligence nights off North Korea if they don't violate the Communist Communist country's air space. The Communist news agency agency said Sato "openly slandered slandered the legitimate self-defense self-defense measure taken by our republic while zealously defending defending the criminal act of U.S. imperialist aggressors in conducting farigandish espionage espionage by illegally infiltrating their spy plane deep into territorial air of North Korea.'' Korea.'' The Communist news agency agency also reported that North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly Assembly opened a session today. today. But the report did not mention whether the session had anything to do with the j shooting down of the U.S. j plane. It indicated the chief | business was the state budget.