• Short Summary

    THE UNITED STATES DELEGATE, MAJOR GENERAL JAMES KNAPP WALKED OUT OF THE UNITED NATIONS NORTH KOREAN ARMISTICE COMMISSION MEETING AT THE KOREAN BORDER VILLAGE OF PANMUNJOM YESTERDAY (FRIDAY).

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    THE UNITED STATES DELEGATE, MAJOR GENERAL JAMES KNAPP WALKED OUT OF THE UNITED NATIONS NORTH KOREAN ARMISTICE COMMISSION MEETING AT THE KOREAN BORDER VILLAGE OF PANMUNJOM YESTERDAY (FRIDAY). HE READ A STATEMENT ACCUSING NORTH KOREA OF A 'CALCULATED ACT OF AGGRESSION' BY SHOOTING DOWN A UNITED STATES RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT.

    THE MEETING WAS CALLED BY THE NORTH KOREANS WHO IN THEIR OPENING STATEMENT MADE NO REFERENCE TO THE INCIDENT.

    THEN MAJOR GENERAL KNAPP READ THIS STATEMENT CLAIMING THAT AS THE AIRCRAFT WAS WITHIN INTERNATIONAL AIRSPACE, THE NORTH KOREANS "HAD NO RIGHT TO THREATEN IT OR INTERFERE WITH IT, LET ALONE SHOOT IT DOWN." HE SAID THAT THE AIRCRAFT WAS ENGAGED IN RECONNAISSANCE OPERATIONS WHICH HE DESCRIBED AS "MADE NECESSARY BY REPEATED NORTH KOREAN ACTS AND THREATS OF AGGRESSION."
    AT THE END OF GENERAL KNAPP'S STATEMENT, THE NORTH KOREAN NEGOTIATOR ASKED TO WHAT UNIT THE AIRCRAFT BELONGED. GENERAL KNAPP REFUSED TO ANSWER AND, WHEN THE NORTH KOREANS REFUSED TO CALL A RECESS, WALKED OUT OF THE MEETING.

    THE MEETING LASTED FOR FORTY-FIVE MINUTES. IT WAS ONE OF THE SHORTEST SINCE THE ARMISTICE COMMISSION MEETINGS BEGAN AT THE END OF THE KOREAN WAR IN 1953.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6VQLPWMX4ZRVZ5IRBV8JT7U1H
    Media URN:
    VLVA6VQLPWMX4ZRVZ5IRBV8JT7U1H
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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