NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE DAILY

Created: 9/19/1996

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SOUTH KOREA: Reaction lo Infiltration Attempt

Souiti Korean officials arc talking toughorth Korean submarine ran aground on the cast coast yesterday. The director of operations at the Joint Chiefs of Staff called therave provocation,nification Ministry statement said itirect Ehrcui lo Seoul's security, according to press reports,

The rhetoric probably it meant to preempt domestic pressuretronger response and avoid creating new obstacles to dialogue wiihidtcvel Foreign Ministry official I

Seoul wants to "minimize" the impact on "already

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South Korean leaders probably would be forced toarder tine if there were violent clashes between tnfUtrators and security forces or revelations thai P'yongyang was targeting Soulh Korean leaden.

The last delected infiltration involved two ogcnis infiltrating by sea in late October. The media afterward sharply criticized President Kim Yoog-um for his effort* to improve relations wiih P'yongyang. and the incident coalesced public opposition lo provision of additional food assistance to North Korea. [ j>

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