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KA 858_ Rebutting North Korean Misinformation

KA 858_ Rebutting North Korean Misinformation

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Published by Michael Best
These documents concern the crash of Korean Air Flight (KAL) 858 on November 29, 1987. KAL was exploded in mid-air by a time bomb planted by North Korean Agents. All 104 passengers and 11 crewmembers were killed. Included are documents on the investigation into the crash; the arrest and trial of Ms. Kim Hyon-Hui who admitted the terrorist act; and the response by South Korea, the United States, and the International Community.
These documents concern the crash of Korean Air Flight (KAL) 858 on November 29, 1987. KAL was exploded in mid-air by a time bomb planted by North Korean Agents. All 104 passengers and 11 crewmembers were killed. Included are documents on the investigation into the crash; the arrest and trial of Ms. Kim Hyon-Hui who admitted the terrorist act; and the response by South Korea, the United States, and the International Community.

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Published by: Michael Best on Aug 22, 2012
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55
CONFIDENTIAL
PAGE 01
EOUL 01464 050555Z
ELEASED IN FULL
ACTION INR-10
INFO LOG-00 COPY-01 ADS-00 AF-00
IAE-00 DODE-00 10-19
NSCE-00 NSAE-00 EAP-00 PA-01
NRE-00 USIE-00 DS-01
DSE-00 SCT-02 /034 W
113464 050601Z /12
P 050558Z FEB 88FM AMEMBASSY SEOULTO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7339INFO AMEMBASSY BEIJING PRIORITYAMEMBASSY LUSAKA PRIORITYUSMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY
CONFIDENTIALSEOUL 01464
E.O. 12356: DECL: OADR
TAGS: PREL, PTER, SK, NK
SUBJECT: KA 858: REBUTTING NORTH KOREAN MISINFORMATIONREF: (A) USUN 291 (NOTAL), (B) BEIJING 2712 (NOTAL)
1.
C - ENTIRE TEXT
2.
DIRECTOR GENERAL FOR INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS KIMSAI-TAIK INFORMED POLCOUNS FEBRUARY 5 THAT MOFA
HAS
NO SPECIFICPLANS AT THIS POINT TO REBUT MINOR NORTH KOREAN MISINFORMATION
EFFORTS. HE HAD JUST RECEIVED THE TEXT OF THE LETTER BEING
CIRCULATED IN NEW YORK (REF A), AND WAS UNABLE TO COMMENT ON IT
YET.
3.
AS FOR THE POINTS MADE BY THE ZAMBIAN AMBASSADOR INBEIJING (REF B), KIM HOPED THAT BY NOW THE MATTER OF KIM HYUN
HEWS LANGUAGE WAS NO LONGER IN QUESTION -- NO KOREANS WHO
WATCHED HER TELEVISED CONFESSION ENTERTAINED ANY DOUBTS.POLCOUNS NOTED OUR EFFORT TO DISSEMINATE FBIS ANALYSIS OF THEWORDS SHE HAD USED.CONFIDENTIALCONFIDENTIAL
PAGE 02 SEOUL 01464 050555Z
4.
DIRGEN KIM SAID THAT THE MINOR ISSUE OF MS. KIM'S AGE WAS
SIMILARLY NORTH KOREAN MISINFORMATION. THE NORTH KOREAN
ASSERTION WAS THAT MS. KIM WOULD HAVE TO BE 28 IF SHE HAD BEEN
A 20-YEAR-OLD COLLEGE SOPHOMORE IN 1980. DIRGEN KIM NOTED THE
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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE
REVIEW AUTHORITY: SAMUEL V SMITH
DATE/C.4SE ID: 12 AUG 2009 200807065
NCLASSIFIED
CONFIDENTIAL

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