The United Nations Command in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea has accused the North of threatening the Korean Truce after the discovery of a tunnel beneath the area which, it claimed, was built to infiltrate communist troops into the South.
GV Terrain in demilitarized zone
GV Activity around entrance to tunnel
SV Guards around entrance to tunnel
CU Observers wading through water in tunnel carved out of rock (3 shots)
LV Lights in tunnel
CU PAN FROM roof of tunnel TO air vent
TV Photographers and observers around air vent on surface
CU South Korean soldier in sandbagged position around tunnel entrance (2 shots)
SV Newsmen peering through the windows into DMZ negotiating centre
CU PAN Interior from wallchart showing tunnel route TO United Nations negotiations talking across the table to Koreans
SV and CU Korean negotiators listening (2 shots)
LV US/UN man indicates on map of tunnel
At the Commission meeting, the Chief UNC delegate Rear Admiral Warren Hamm said the tunnel was a serious and flagrant violation of the 1953 armistice which ended the Korean War. He told North Korean General Han Ju-Kyung that his command had strong indications there were other such tunnels in the demilitarized zone and said the complexity of the system, and the high cost in money and manpower in tunnelling through sheer granite, that it represented, showed the scheme was an established policy and that the North placed great importance on it.
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Background: The United Nations Command in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea has accused the North of threatening the Korean Truce after the discovery of a tunnel beneath the area which, it claimed, was built to infiltrate communist troops into the South. The North Korean delegation at the continuing armistice talks have already rejected the UNC complaint.
SYNOPSIS: The United Nations Command, policing the demilitarized zone say they had long suspected the presence of a tunnel and had been searching for it for three years. Its existence was confirmed a week ago when an intercept tunnel, sunk by the United Nations, broke into the illegal North Korean tunnel. It is the third discovered since 1974 and lies about two kilometers (1.23 miles) from Camp Kittyhawk, the advance camp for United Nations Command men involved in the continuing armistice talks at the border truce village of Panmunjom.
The United Nations Command say that the uncompleted tunnel was discovered after drilling more than 100 holes after receiving information from a North Korean defector. Similar tunnels were discovered in 1974 and 1975. The new tunnel, about six feet (two metres) square, extends 1,427 feet (435 metres) into South Korea. Its northern entrance is believed to lie about 3,939 feet (1,200 metres) north of the 1953 Korean War ceasefire line.
The Military Armistice Commission later met specially at Panmunjom to discuss what the UN described as flagrant aggression. North Korean delegates rejected the protest and a call for an investigation. Allegations that the tunnel was for invasion purposes were, it said, fabricated.