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Kim' 11 Sang May Have Had First Original f nought J WTT.I .T AM f D V AM ..!_ J il__l » ..._— _.:iU 11. A «.>... _>._l_^..l_ _ _ _. __ . ^^^ ^ By WILLIAM L. RYAN AP Special Correspondent A former general in (he Soviet Army, drilled by the Kremlin how to communize North Korea, now occupies the spotlight in a tense crisis which conceivably could bring his Russian mentors into confrontation with the United States. Kim II Sung, premier of North Korea' is described by those who knew him in the old days as a man who never had an original thought. His thoughts today may not be original, but if a pro-Communist writer's reports about them are true, he is con- vinced that a new war with thl United States is all but inevitable. The writer is Wilfred Bur- chetl, an Australian who for two decades has reported from Communist capitals and warfronts and who often echoes the hardest of Communist lines. Burchett describes the views of Kim and other North Korean leaders in a book, "Again Korea," to be published by International Publishers of New York. It is written wholly from the Communist viewpoint and places on the United States all the blame for tension in the Ko- rean peninsula. The way Burchett puts it, th« North Korean leaders are convinced that for 18 years the United States has been plotting war against them, and they fully expect another round of Korean conflict.. Premier Rim, a roly-poly man of 56 who has been a Communist since his boyhood, is pictured as gloomily emphasizing that "things may be destroyed again" in North Korea, 15 years after the end of the Korean conflict of 1950-53. Kim's representative on th« Military Armistice Commission, Ma. Gen. Pak Chung Kook, Is represented as feeling that there is "overwhelming evidence" that the United States is intent on launching a new war. Burchett links rising tension to President Johnson's visit to South Korea in October 1966, comparing it with the li>50 visit by Jo'hn Foster Dulles, then a State Department consultant, which the Communists insist was a prelude to carrying out plans for hostilities. Burchett claims that American strategy "seems aimed at building up incidents" to a point where North Koreans take countermeasures. Three upon, he says, both the United States and Japan would go to war against North Korea. Japan once ruled Korea. Burchett more than once has been able to predict Communist actions. He visited Premier Kim and other North Korean leaders in 1967, and thus the indication is that they were thinking long ago in terms of Hie inevitability of a resumed Korean war. One important question is this:,is the present taunting of the American eagle Kim's own idea? Did inspiration or encouragement come from the outside, and if so, from what source? Despite Kim's reputation for lack of originality, this phase of the tension perhaps can be attributed to North Korean initiative. The Communists there have been keeping the Red Chinese at arm's length, and not long ago also indicated some independence from Moscow. The North Korea leaders seemed to have been annoyed with Moscow for not showing more belligerency toward the Americans in Asia. Kim II Sung may have been happier in the Stalin era, when he cut his political teeth. He studied in Moscow before World War II, joined a North Korean unit fighting beside Sie Ras- sians against the Germans, and emerged as a major general in the Soviet Army. Intelligence sources in Korea long ago pegged Kim as handpicked by Moscow to take over all Korea for communism. Under the protection of Soviet occupation troops, he was installed in Pyongyang in 1945, bearing the title of a North Korean marshal. His real name is Kim Jung Su. Kim II Sung is the name of a Korean hero-martyr who fought in the anti-Japanese underground and who, had he lived, would be close to 100 years old today. Koreans Got Nothing from Pueblo By FRED S. HOFFMAN AP Military Writer Pueblo's sensitive equipment. But Navy sources restated it Koreans fired at the Pueblo with their 40-millimeter guns WHO'S MINDING the store? This is the Alcoy, Spain, fire department with It* first motorized truck. The members are so proud of the recently acquired vehicle, they plan to drive it to Rome so they can present a medal to Pope Paul VI. The sliver medal is one they earned for firefigbting. Meanwhile, it Isn't clear who's going to bssile fires while they're awav with the town's only engine. Living Costs Club Some Wage Gains WASHINGTON (AP) - The ' S sli " unccrtain how tile four before boarding, intelligence ship Pueblo's crew ™" * ere h , u . rt - The messa S es " T "e wounds could .have hap- blew up the vessel's secret cod- d 'l S3y> they lnslsted ' ! pened either ™y~from gunfire ing machine and the North Ko-1 The so " rCES ,1" ,! here is ' °''«' ei '-™n charges blowing up reans apparently got "nothing | 5omc evidence that the North,the equipment," one source that really compromises us," say Navy sources. These sources said there was evidence of this in the messages from the Pueblo's skipper, Cmdr. Lloyd M. Bucher. Except for the coding machine, the Navy sources said Thursday the rest of the Pueblo's gear was "routine stuff," including tape recorders to store such intercepted data as radio messages. Ever since the Pueblo was captured by four North Korean patrol boats near midnight Monday, there has been public con- lern the Communists might rave bagged important equipment which could have told the memy much about this coun- ry's intelligence gathering mow-how. The Pentagon has said mes- ages from Bucher, before his radio went dead, indicated he and his men had started to de- troy secret gear to keep it out f NorthKorean hands. But the By NEIL GILBRIDGE AP Labor Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Living costs, climbing at a 10-year record pace and more than wiping out wage gains of many Americans, are causing White House concern in this election year. For all Americans, a White House source said Thursday, the rising prices mean "you've got trouble and it's hot on the horizon, it's all around you." The Labor Department reported Thursday living costs rose 3.1 per cent in 1967. "Not only are they clipping along, but at an accelerated rate," the White House source said of steadily climbing costs of food, clothing, housing, transportation and medical care. The price hikes in the final quarter of 1967 would add up to an annual rate of 3.5 per cent if they continued this year, said Arnold Chase, assistant commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And, Ghase said, "It looks as if the trend would continue." "Almost everything went up in December except automobiles and gasoline," Chase said in reporting final 1967 figures. , The Consumer Price Index in December showed its third straight monthly rise of three- tenths of one per cent and wound up the year at 118.2. This means it cost $11.82 last month for every $10 worth of typical family goods and serv ices in the 1957-59 period which the government uses as a base for measuring the rise in living costs. In other terms, the -1957-59 dollar sustained a loss of 15.4 cents over the past 10 years. Some 45 million workers—SO per cent of the nation's work force—tost 27 cents a week in purchasing power over the past year despite wage gains of $3.28 <o an average of $103.25 a week. President Johnson, in his State of the Union speech earlier this month, warned of "an accelerating spiral of price increases, a slump in home building and a continuing erosion of the American dollar," if Congress doesn't enact his proposed 10 per cent income tax surcharge. Equally worrisome to government economists is a rapid rise to wholesale prices of industrial raw materials such as lumber, metals and textiles, which remained virtually stable the. first half of 1967 but jumped 1.3 per cent in the last five months of the year. Food prices, the most stable item in living costs in 1967, rose a comparatively slight three- tenths of one per cent.But a wholesale jump of 2.8 per cent in farm prices and 1 per cent in processed foods in December and January indicate higher grocery costs, particularly for fruits and vegetables. The bureau reported grocery prices up five-tenths of 1 per cent in December and up three- tenths of 1 per cent over the year; housing up four-tenths of 1 per cent last month and 2.7 per cent over the year; clothing up two-tenths of 1 per cent in December and 4 per cent over the year. Defense Department has not aid how successful Bucher ?as. New reports circulated to the ffect that four crewmen were founded in the explosions that vere set off to blow up the ember because of gasoline rice wars and lower prices fo !W and used cars; but rose 3 ler cent over the year. Medical costs, the highest an onsistently the fastest-risin rice category, went up five nths of 1 per cent in Decem >er and were 6.4 per cent abov ecember 1966. Medical car said. The Navy sources disclosed at the same time that the Pueblo's skipper was under standing orders to avoid a fight and to keep his ship's machine guns sheathed under canvas. "She was supposed to present the appearance of being a noncombatant," said one senior officer. The Defense Department has refused to discuss the standing instructions the vessel's skipper took with him on his patrol of about two weeks, except to say Bucher did not ask for special instructions after he was challenged by North Korean patrol boats Monday night. The Navy sources said Bucher's orders called for him to ...» RIDING HIGH, Swiss circus star Fredy Knle guides "Lucky" around the arena of the German Krone Circus. So far as is known, "Lucky" is the world's only giraffe broken to the saddle. move out of an area if harassed and to avoid firing his guns.. .The aim was to sidestep an international incident. It was indicated that such orders are handed out to the captains of all U.S. intelligence-gathering ships. Navy officers said the Pueblo did try to get under way after being besieged by the patrol craft. "He made a move toward open water, but he couldn't go more than a few yards because they surrounded him and he had to cut his engines," one officer said. . . These sources spoke from a knowledge of messages which went from the Pueblo to higher command during the Pueblo's ordeal. NOW OPEN COMPLETELY Remodtltd and Under Compltr* N«w Management. Good Food - Popular Prices Plate Lunches Daily THE COFFEE CUP 126 WEST MAIN Mr. and Mrs. K. M. 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