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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - June 24, 1984, Tokyo, Japan IB w ft fo 12 1 22 H W 3 HI It 175 H H Pacific Stars and Stripes JOWWI E fllkl 39th 175 250 secret police kill 11 robbers AN AUTHORIZED UNOFFICIAL PUBLICATION FOR THE PERSONNEL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF OTHER US GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND AUTHORIZED US PERSONNEL WITHIN THE PACIFIC COMMAND June Page 3 not a study says Page 4 plan is approved Over 200 said to have died in Soviet blast By Richard Halloran NY Times WASHINGTON offi cials said Friday that between 200 and 300 people were killed a month ago when a huge explo sion destroyed large stocks of ammunition for the Soviet Northern Fleet at a supply depot at on the Barents Sea north of The officials declined to give But other sources sug gested that the Central Intelli gence Agency learned of the accident from then positioned satellites and elec tronic devices to assess the Those sources said the death toll was estimated at between 200 and 300 many of them ordnance technicians sent into the fire caused by the explosion in a desperate but unsuccessful effort to defuse or disassemble the munitions be fore they exploded in a chain reaction over several Officials at the State and De fense as well as diplomats and congressional officials all blamed the accident on Soviet But most officials doubted the explosion would have a long term effect on Soviet naval readiness since ammunition could be unloaded from ships in port and loaded onto those going to brought up from reserve or manufac tured by the large Soviet weapons The site of the explosion was said to be a naval ammunition depot in a town on the eastern shore of a long bay leading to a large port city on the Kola Other Soviet fleets are based in the Baltic and Black seas and on the Pacific The facilities at Severomorsk were said to be with warehouses for storage and plants for disassembling and maintaining Severomorsk is listed in Janes Fighting Ships as a main base and headquarters for the North ern In most ammunition depots are situated well away from shipyards and as well as population The proximity of the Severomorsk ammunition depot to shipyards or anchorages could not be determined Some sources speculated that nuclear weapons might have been stored there as the Soviet Union draws less distinction between nuclear and conven tional weapons than does the United So there has been no evidence of nuclear explosion or radiation How the explosion was set off could not be Offi cials said they surmised that there was an accident in han dling ammunition or in maintaining They dont have a very good record in handling said a congressional A European diplomat with knowledge of Soviet matters See Page 7 Branson celebrates the inaugural DPI Boy Georges boss starts lowcost airline LONDON UPI Virgin a new cutrate transAtlantic air service started by the backer of Boy George and Culture took off on its maiden voyage Friday with passengers offered popmusic videos in addition to inflight Airlines have gotten so awfully bor said millionaire Richard We want to make flying fun make it a more memorable experience at half the Bransons plane was dubbed the Spirit of Laker aspiring for Sir Freddie Lakers mantle as king of the cheap Atlantic run in competition with the based People See Page 7 Koalas giving Aussies international clout Australia AP The koala would prefer little more than a tree to doze in and some eucalyptus leaves to munch but the animals woeful stare and toylike cuddliness have endeared it to the The result is that other nations are clamoring for koalas and the demand has given Australia added importance in world It puts us in the league of superpowers when it comes to coveted wild a Foreign Minis try official The as officials call is a major consideration in Australian relations with The United States and China also have shown interest in the animal and koalas have become the subject of diplomatic discussions behind closed When Prime Minister Bob Hawke visited Tokyo in February an aide said the Australian leaders decision to give Japan koalas would be one of the most significant announcements during his entire trip judged by Australias capacity to make an impact on But while Australian leaders bask in the atten tion that koalas command they also worry about reprecussions if one of the very sensitive animals dies because it could not tolerate foreign Australians are bemused by the foreign obses sion with To many Australians they are not cute and not See Page 7
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