Koreas trade threats over sunken boat

Koreas trade threats over sunken boat

From Journal Sentinel wire reports

Wednesday, July 10, 2002

Seoul, South Korea — South Korea and North Korea traded military threats Tuesday over a South Korean navy boat that sank in disputed waters during a recent skirmish.

The communist North’s Korean People’s Army, or KPA, warned that new fighting could break out if South Korea doesn’t tell it about efforts to retrieve the boat, which it claims went down in North Korean waters.

South Korea dismissed the North’s warning, saying any attempt to block the operation would be seen as a military provocation. Seoul maintains it controls the area where the ship went down during the deadly June 29 clash.

The salvaging operation is scheduled to begin in August.

Search for pilots’ remains: China will permit the U.S. Defense Department to search a site in northeastern China for the remains of two American pilots who died 50 years ago on a Korean War-era mission, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. It marks the first time China has cooperated on a search for the remains of Americans who died in China during the Cold War. An eight-member search team from the U.S. Army’s Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii is scheduled to leave next Monday and investigate the crash site near the town of Antu in Jilin province. The two pilots, Robert C. Snoddy of Eugene, Ore., and Norman A. Schwartz of Louisville, Ky., were about to pick up an anti-communist Chinese spy in the Manchurian foothills when their C-47 was shot down on Nov. 29, 1952.

More resignations in Turkey: Turkey’s coalition government crumbled further as three more cabinet ministers resigned Tuesday. After the departures of Education Minister Metin Bostancioglu and State Ministers Hasan Gemici and Mustafa Yilmaz, ailing Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit reshuffled his cabinet, appointing loyalists to some of the vacated posts in a sign that he would fight rather than step down.

Sentence for Bhutto: A Pakistani court sentenced exiled former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in absentia Tuesday to three years in prison for corruption. Judge Mansur Ali Khan also ordered Bhutto’s non-movable assets in Pakistan to be seized and issued warrants for her arrest if she returns to the country. Bhutto was ousted in 1996 and now lives in self-imposed exile in the United Arab Emirates and Britain.

Church stance on divorce: The Church of England decided Tuesday against adopting a policy on allowing divorced people to remarry in the church, saying the decision was up to individual priests.

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