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Weekly Status Report_ Korea 11 December 1987

Weekly Status Report_ Korea 11 December 1987

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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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DRAFTED BY: EAP/K:STAFFAPPROVED BY: EAP/K:TPHDUNLOPEAP:STAFF ASSISTANT
UR/SOV:SYOUNGDESIRED DISTRIBUTIONEAP ONLY
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STADIS////////////////////////EAP ONLY-CINCPAC FOR FPA ONLY, PARIS/KANEDA, GENEVA/MCKEEE.O. 12356: DECL:OADRTAGS:PINS, KS, USSUBJECT: WEEKLY STAUS REPORT: KOREA - 11 DECEMBER 1987MOSCOW/ CLAPP, USUN/BUCZACKI, BARCELONA/PARKER
TO:
AP - DR. SIGUR
FROM: EAP/K - THOMAS P.H. DUNLOP
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1. (C) TEMPERATURES RISE IN COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION (EWK)
WITH THE KOREAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION BUT A WEEK AWAY --DECEMBER 16 -- TENSIONS ARE RISING. NONE OF THE BIG
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATEREVIEW AUTHORITY: SAMUEL V SMITH
CLASSIFICATION: SECRET REASON: 25X6
DECLASSIFY AFTER: 11 DEC 2017DATE/CASE
ID: 06 AUG 2009 200807065
UNCLASSIFIED
RELEASED IN PART
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GOVERNMENT'S ROH TAE WEINIXtrely
WINNER. ALL THREE HAVE HAD RALLIES DISRUPTED BYVIOLENCE. THE LATEST AND WORST CASE WAS AN INCIDENT AT AROH RALLY IN NORTH CHOLLA -- KDJ'S HOME GROUNDS. THISWEEKEND WILL SEE A FINAL SERIES OF HUGE RALLIES IN THE
SEOUL AREA, WITH POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE ACCORDINGLY.
MOST EVENTS -- INCLUDING SOME INVOLVING A MILLION OR MOREPEOPLE -- HAVE HOWEEVER BEEN ORDERLY. YOUR WEDNESDAY
NIGHT SPEECH STRESSING THE IMPORTANCE OF A FREE ELECTION,
ACCEPTANCE OF THE RESULTS, AND NEED FOR RECONCILIATIONCAME AT THE RIGHT TIME, AND HAS RECEIVED EXCELLENT MEDIATREATMENT HERE AND IN SEOUL. WE CAN EXPECT MORE RUMORSOF CAMPAIGN CHEATING AND GOVERNMENT MANIPULATION IN THENEXT FEW DAYS, AND THERE WILL BE INTENSE INTEREST IN WHAT
WE HAVE TO SAY ABOUT ALL THIS.
2.
(C) OBSERVERS: NATIONAL REPUBLICAN INSTITUTE JOINS
THE OBSERVER TRAIL (EWK)
THE NATIONAL REPUBLICAN INSTITUTE
HAS
FINALLY DECIDED TO
SEND OBSERVERS TO SEOUL FOR NEST WEEK'S PRESIDENTIALELECTION. THE GROUP JOINS AT LEAST FOUR OTHERS OF WHOMWE KNOW WHO WILL BE "OBSERVING" IN SEOUL THIS WEEK. THE
GOVERNMENT ATTITUDE REMAINS WARILY RECEPTIVE TO THE
CONCEPT OF ELECTION "STUDY" OR "VIEWING" AS OPPOSED TO
"OBSERVING," AND WE ANTICIPATE THEIR ACTIVITIES WILL BERELATIVELY UNIMPEDED.
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3.
(C) SOLARZ SCHEDULES KOREA HEARING FOR DECEMBER 18
(EWK)
STEVE SOLARZ HAS SCHEDULED A POST-ELECTION HEARING ON
KOREA FOR 10 AM, DECEMBER 18. YOU WILL BE THE ONE ANDONLY WITNESS. WE REMINDED STAFFER STANLEY ROTH THATWHETHER OR NOT SUCH A PUBLIC EVENT IS A GOOD IDEA WILLDEPEND ON THE ELECTION AFTERMATH. ROTH SAID THAT SOLARZ
UNDERSTANDS THAT WELL.
4.
(C) KAL 858: A MURKY TALE GETS MURKIER (JAM)ELEVEN DAYS AFTER THE TRAGIC LOSS OF 115 LIVES ABOARD KAL858, WE STILL DO NOT KNOW THE FACTS. THE SURVIVING
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SHE TELLS IS FULL OF INCONSISTENCIES AND L
EVENTS. SHE HAS APPARANTLY ADMITTED THAT SHE TOOK THECYANIDE AT THE BEHEST OF HER DEAD TRAVELING COMPANION BUTHAS NOT ADMITTED TO KNOWING ANYTHING ABOUT BLOWING UP THEAIRPLANE.1WE HAVE ASSISTEDIN THE SEARCH FOR THE KA 858 WRECKAGE, BUT RESULTS ARE
STILL UNCERTAIN.
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5.
(C) PANMUNJOM: A TENTATIVE STEP FORWARD (JAM)MILITARY ARMISTICE COMMISSION (MAC) STAFF OFFICERSINFORMALLY MET FOR THE SECOND TIME RECENTLY. DURING THISMEETING, THE ATTENDEES DISCUSSED SEVERAL IMPORTANT ITEMS,
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INCLUDING THE POSSIBILITY OF ELIMINATING ALL MILITARYFACILITIES AND GUARD POSTS FROM THE JOINT SECURITY AREA
(JSA).
WE WERE ALSO PLEASED BY GENERAL MENETREY'S TIMELYSUGGESTION THAT THE UNC RESPOND TO THE NORTH KOREANREQUEST THAT A PARTICULAR ROK PROPAGANDA SIGN ALONG THEDMZ BE REMOVED, BY PROPOSING THAT ALL PARTICULARLYOFFENSIVE SIGNS BE REMOVED RECIPROCALLY ON A ONE-FOR-ONEBASIS. WHILE FAR FROM SANGUINE ABOUT PROSPECTS FOR
.
ULTIMATE SUCCESS ON THESE MATTERS -- THE HISTORICALRECORD ALLOWS LITTLE OPTIMISM -- WE WELCOME THE EFFORTSMADE IN PURSUING THESE LAUDABLE GOALS.
6.
(U) KOREAN ECONOMY KEEPS ON ROLLIN'
(TJN)
THIRD-QUARTER ECONOMIC FIGURES POINT TO SUSTAINED HIGHGROWTH, BALANCE OF PAYMENTS IMPROVEMENTS, AND LOW
UNEMPLOYMENT. REAL GNP GREW
10.5
PERCENT, LEADING TO
FORECASTS OF 13 PERCENT FOR THE YEAR. EXPORTS ANDINVESTMENTS LED THE WAY, BUT GROWTH SLOWED SOMEWHATBECAUSE OF THE LABOR STRIFE AND POOR HARVESTS. GNP PERCAPITA SHOULD REACH 2,800 DOLLARS; THE NATIONAL SAVINGSRATE MAY BE AS HIGH AS
36
PERCENT. CAUTIOUS GOVERNMENT
PLANNERS PREDICT GROWTH AT GREATER THAN EIGHT PERCENT FOR
UNCLASSIFIED
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