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Search for the Wreckage of Korean Air #858

Search for the Wreckage of Korean Air #858

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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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PAGE 01
EOUL 14079 020849Z
ACTION EAP-00
INFO LOG-00 COPY-01 ADS-00 INR-I0 SS-00 CIAE-00 EB-00DODE-00 NSCE-00 NSAE-00 COME-00 SSO-00 L-03 PA-01
FAAE-00 DOTE-00 STR-17 INRE-00 USSS-00 USIE-00 JUSE-00
FBIE-00 OC-02 DS-01 DSE-00 SCT-02 E-01 P-02
/040 W
20076 020904Z /120 020452Z DEC 87
FM AMEMBASSY SEOULTO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 5589INFO AMEMBASSY RANGOON IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY BANGKOK IMMEDIATE
CONFIDENTIALSEOUL 14079
DEPT FOR EAP/DAS CLARK AND FOR EAP/KRANGOON FOR AMBASSADOR LEVIN FROM AMBASSADORBANGKOK FOR AMBASSADOR BROWN FROM AMBASSADORE.O. 12356: DECL:OADR
TAGS: FAIR, KS, TH, BM
SUBJECT: SEARCH FOR THE WRECKAGE OF KOREAN AIR #858REF: SEOUL 14043I. THE MORNING OF DECEMBER 2, I SPOKE WITH BOTH FOREIGNMINISTER CHOI AND KOREAN AIR PRESIDENT CHARLIE CHO ABOUT
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF KOREAN AIR'S FLIGHT #858. THE
KOREANS ARE CONVINCED THAT THIS INCIDENT INVOLVED SABOTAGE
BY TERRORISTS. THE LOCAL PRESS IS FULL OF ARTICLES
SPECULATING THAT A BOMB WAS PLANTED ON THE PLANE BY TWOPASSENGERS CARRYING JAPANESE PASSPORTS WHO WERE LATER
ARRESTED IN BAHRAIN (REPORTED REFTEL). THERE IS EVERY
INDICATION THAT THIS INCIDENT WILL BE A BIG ISSUE HERE INSEOUL, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE PROXIMITY OF THE ELECTION
LATER THIS MONTH. SUSPICIONS OF NORTH KOREAN INVOLVEMENT
CONFIDENTIALCONFIDENTIALPAGE 02
EOUL 14079 020849Z
ARE
GROWING AND WILL LIKELY GET MORE INTERNATIONAL
l!ENTION SOON.
2. FOR BANGKOK AND RANGOON: THE KOREAN GOVERNMENT REGARDSIT AS ESSENTIAL THAT THE WRECKAGE OF FLIGHT 858 BE FOUNDAS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO THAT THE CAUSE OF THE CRASH CAN BE
MORE ACCURATELY DETERMINED. THEY ARE WORKING DIRECTLY
WITH THAI AND BURMESE OFFICIALS BUT HAVE ASKED FOR ANY
ASSISTANCE THAT WE CAN RENDER. GIVEN THE HUMANITARIAN AND
POLITICAL ELEMENTS OF THIS INCIDENT, I ASK YOU TO DOWHATEVER YOU CAN TO ENCOURAGE THE THAI AND BURMESE
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE
REVIEW AUTHORITY: ROBERT J.
MARTENSDATE/CASE ID: 28 OCT 1998 199403292
UNCLASSIFIED
CONFIDENTIAL

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