The Michigan Daily-Saturday, May 31 1980-Page 13
U.S. MILITARY ROLE DISTORTED
S. Korea chief accused of lying
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - knew about it in advance. "internal coup" led by Chun in Decem- nounce formally today another move to
Diplomatic sources yesterday accused "THAT SIMPLY was not true and her that deposed a group of consolidate military control of the af-
the head of the Korean CIA of lying to Chun knew it," said the source, who "moderate" generals. fairs of state - the establishment of a
the Korean press about the U.S. role in declined to be identified. WESTERN DIPLOMATIC sources junta-like council dominated by
a military crackdown here, producing The U.S. Embassy, meanwhile, said the embassy statement reflected generals.
what the sources called the sharpest issued a statement claiming some the exasperation within President Car- THE MAY 17 edict gave the military
split in U.S.-Korean relations in nearly Korean newspapers "seriously distor- ter's administration over Korean near-absolute power in the conduct of
a decade. ted" the U.S. role in the crackdown by generals' increasing reach for power in governmental affairs and triggered
A well-informed diplomatic source saying that American officials knew South Korea. new and more violent demonstrations
said Lt. Gen. Chun Doo-hwan, who is about it ahead of time and approved of The military extended martial law including the bloody nine-day rebellion
defense security commander and ac- it. and arrested political opponents May 17 in the southern city of Kwangju, which
ting director of the Korean Central In- The statement also cited several in response to massive student demon- ended last Tuesday with paratroopers
telligence Agency, told Korean editors recent instances in which South Korea strations demanding free elections and taking the city away from the insurgen-
and publishers a few days after the May took policy actions which caught the i democratic reforms. ta.
17 crackdown that the United States United States unaware, including an The government is expected to an- At least 290 persons are believed to
-- have died in the Kwangju incident, the
a /worst civil disturbance in South
Defense gear sale to China not Korea'smodernhistory.
The sources said the split probably
was the worst between the two allied
1 governmenta ince the late Preaident
aime avSovits 00"calssayPark Chung-hee arbitrarily diagoi'ved
aimed at Soviets, officials say
y the National Aasembly, rewrote the
WASHINGTON (AP) - The decision by surprise after Brown's visit to themselves," he said. "They are constitution and set himself up for sure
to allow China to buy U.S. defense Peking. - clearly following a policy of trying to re-election in 1972, a move that
equipment is part of normalizing "IT IS THE beginning of a process of develop their economy and they don't similarly angered U.S. officials hoping
relations with the Peking government implementing what Brown's trip have the money to spend on arms." to promote South Korea's move toward
and is not aimed at the Soviet Union, established as a concept," a senior ad- THE OFFICIAL, a specialist on democracy.
administration officials said yesterday. ministration official said. "Our nor- Chinese affairs, said the deterioration The embassy statement said U.S.
The agreement, under consideration malization of relations with the in U.S.-Soviet relations has accelerated Ambassador William Gleysteen had
since Defense Secretary Harold People's Republic is going to be across- the pace of relations with Clhina. been kept ignorant of plans to arrest
Brown's visit to China in January, was the-board and will include the defense A State Department official insisted political figures.
announced at the Pentagon Thursday at area." yesterday that the United States has no
the end of a four-day trip here by That official, who asked not to be plan to export weapons to China. Nor, REDUCED COVER
Deputy Prime Minister Geng Biao. identified, said the United States might he said, is the agreement on military PITCHER C
IT PERMITS the Chinese to negotiate eventually sell arms to China. support equipment directed at the
with American manufacturers for bat- "If weapons were sold in the future Soviet Union. SUNDAYNIGHT
tlefield radar, helicopters, transport they would be important to the Chinese "Our relations with China are no A
carriers and other military support as a symbol rather than as weapons threat to anybody," he said.
equipment. Contracts would have to be
approved by the administration and, in
some instances, by Congress.
Sales could run into hundreds of
millions of dollars.
The effect on slumping U.S. relations
with the Soviet Union was not clear.
There was no reaction immediately
from the Kremlin. Officials here said
the move could not have taken Moscow
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