Created: 9/28/1996

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NORTH KOREA: Public Relations Offensive Over Incursloo^

Pyongyang's international wireservice yesterday carried an "aiilhon/cd" statement accusing me South of killing "unarmed" North Korean soldiers "in cold blood" after their submarine ran agroundroutine traininghe North repeated its demand that Seoul immediately return the submarine, survivors, and bodies of those killed.

North Korean leaders accused Seoul of rejecting efforts to settle the "accident" peacefully and warned that "we have the right loundredfoldhousandfold."

-Press reports say South Korean officials today shot dead one of the five remaining North Korean infiltrators.!

North Korean Army representatives at P'anmunjom conveyed essentially the same messageeeting on Thursday with rcprcscnLitives of the UN command. The North Koreans called on 'lhe L'S side" to repatriate the submarine and crew, warning thai the North would lake unspecified

"decisive measures" if the demand was rejected

P 'yomgyang probably is combining aggressive disinformation won blunt threats In an effort to dissuade Seoul and Washington from seeking VS Security Council condemnation of the armed incursion. The campaign probably abo reflects concern that international relief donations and other economic aid will dry up if Seoul's account of the incident goes unchallenged.

In addition, the Army's threat to lakemeasures" is intended in part to divide Washington and Seoul over appropriate responses to the incident.

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