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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - March 26, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                1394 KTallatea basketball Vol 143 No 202 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Saturday March 50 cents Lugar says danger real Senator offers advice on Korea By CATHARINE FERNANDO Tribune staff writer War in Korea is imminent and could come with little or no warn ing said Sen Richard Lugar R Ind In a telephone interview from Washington Lugar spoke of the deteriorating relations between North Korea which was insistent on pulling out of the Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty and the members of the World Secu rity Council which includes die United States The United States should fortify the South Korean joint command which is already in a state of readiness over there said Lugar who had visited the Asian penin sular in January with Sen Sam Nunn DGeorgia I found a very good sense that danger is imminent and danger could come with little or no warn he said The United States needs to take a number of steps to be militarily prepared and Lugar said he had already conveyed these measures to the general who is heading the troops stationed in South Korea as well as to the Clinton adminis tration One step he suggests is shipping Patriot antimissile batteries over to the peninsula I would not rule out the need for additional reinforcement of Lugar said On Friday South Korea report ed that the north had placed its troops on alert and told its people to prepare for war The standoff between North Korea and the United States has been going on for about a year The communist government in Pyongyang has been vacillating on whether it wants to be includ ed or opt out of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty The situation gained urgency when North Korea refused to let an interna tional team inspect a plant where it is believed that plutonium is being manufactured for nuclear weapons There are a list of things that we can do to show North Korea how determined is the resolve of the United Lugar said We can indicate that we have an impregnable situation and there should be no miscalculation on their This is necessary he said Because North Korea has threat ened to turn Seoul capital of South Korea which hosted the Perry comments WASHINGTON AP the United States must improve its Ability to quickly move hun dreds of warplanes into South and to support them vldrice there in the event of an attack from the Secretary William Friday xHe Will travel to South Korea next month to discuss mea being taken to improve the readiness of the forces stationed there 1988 summer Olympics into a sea of fire if it is pressured by the United Nations or the United States North Korea unilaterally reject ed the nonproliferation treaty and the inspection of facilities by a team of Earlier during negotiations with the communist north it was emphasized that if the north were to exchange envoys with the Unit ed Nations team spirit would be postponed But team spirit would be reinstated because of the pre ponderance of military buildup there Lugar explained Although the United Nations should be the avenue of approach in dealing with this situation Lugar said I think we ought not to rule out that in the event other they want todo anything we the right to deal with it unilateral Unlike the Bosnia situation Lugar said there is no question of the United States not getting involved We are already there Other than the Koreans we are the only nation that has troops stationed The United States has troops stationed in the demilita rized zone which was created at the close of the 1950 war that ended in a stalemate In addition to endangering the lives of those on the Korean peninsula neigh boring China Russia and Japan are also threatened if war should ensue he said Other than the United States Lugar said Japan should impose sanctions on the shipment of hard currency into North Korea and China should cut off its oil sup plies However the senator added that every possible endeavor should be made to reach diplo matic solutions Bacon for attention Bradley Cook 11 left and Daniel Captain 11 look at weekold pigs that fifthgrade pupils at Washington Elementary School are raising as a project With a grant from the Indiana Department of Education the pupils are able to study the cost of raising 34 pigs The pupils recently visited the pigs Thursday at Schoettmer Swine Farms in Tipton where they are being kept See Page 2 for a story Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Deadline looms for Grissom drive GRISSOM AIR FORCE BASE Ind With just six days left to raise the People Rescuing Our Planes Fund Drive is Hearing its goal The most recent total is not including monies raised from a phoneathon Thurs day at Z93 radio station The fund drive was launched Jan 22 by a dedicated group of volunteers from the Heritage Museum Foundation and Cass Miami and Howard counties They have set a goal of but the group needs a minimum of to preserve the Muse um and Air Park at the gates of Grissom Air Force Base There are 17 historical warplanes on display on 20 acres near the entrance to Grissom The amount set by the Air Force Museum at WrightPatterson Air Force Base is the minimum opera tions funds required before this collection of irreplaceable war planes can be loaned to a civil authority Charlie Kingery fund drive treasurer said they are very opti mistic they will reach the goal But if not the group is hopeful WrightPatterson will grant an extension now that it is so close he said Anyone wishing to donate can send a check to PROP Grissom Air Museum 6500 Hoosier Peru Ind 46971 or call 6882654 and pay by credit card Air Muse um hours are 8 to 4 Inside Local Which Easter Egg hunt do you want to attend Check out the list Page 2 Also inside Classified Local News of mission comes to close in Somalia Banditry attacks beginning again MOGADISHU Somalia AP American troops ended their mis sion in Somalia and returned to the sea Friday wrapped in the din and the dust of their helicopters and armor They left knowing they helped end a famine but could not pacify a hostile country Operation the highly orchestrated withdrawal of the last Marines began moments after a giant C5A Galaxy carrying about 50 men lifted off the run way en route to Dover Del The last Marines lumbered into the surf ater aboard an amphibious assault vehicle com manded by Lt David Wolcott 24 of Newtown Conn I suggest you get out of here while you Wolcott said to journalists as he battened his hatch and headed into the surf The departure of the Americans and most other Western troops has left a cloud of uncertainty over the mission Morocco Saudi Arabia Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates will soon join the exodus Pakistan whose soldiers make up the largest contingent the force of has not said if it will remain beyond May 31 We are Maj Chris Budge the military spokesman said as the Americans withdrew It would be difficult for UNOSOM to repel an allout Gunman have reappeared on Mogadishu streets largely aban doned by peacekeepers Ban ditry and attacks on aid groups have increased at an alarming rate Aid workers have deserted some Somali towns and more and more are quitting the country entirely because of worsening security Few people express any confi dence the peace agreement that Somali warlords signed in Nairo bi Kenya this week will last longer than previous truces that broke down almost as soon as the ink was dry Departing Americans took no chances on the final day The last company of Marines and their armored vehicles guarded the approaches to Black Beach the departure point until the end Cobra helicopter gunships rat tled overhead flying a cautious watch above the airport as the men of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit boarded hov ercraft helicopters and amphibi ous vehicles for the short ride to ships just offshore Looters descended like locusts on abandoned American positions even before a dozen helicopters lifted off in clouds of dust with two of the last three Marine rifle companies in Somalia Pakistani and Egyptian patrols chased some away and turned an undeter mined number of others over to Somali police The only Somali to bid the troops goodbye was 12yearold Abdl Hakim Shortir He ran across the airport tarmac chased by two New Zealand soldiers to embrace a Marine he had befriended The fake credential he wore on his shirt was made by Marines It identified him as a Front Gate There are hundreds of thou sands of Somalis who do not want to see them Maj Gen Thomas R Montgomery told reporters at the airport I dont think you can deny that there are hundreds of thousands of Somalis alive today because of the work of he added I would like the Ameri can people to know I think the American flag has been well served by the American soldiers sailors airmen and Marines American troops came ashore viltOwLl VH1 r A group of amphibious assault vehicles carries the last platoon of American soldiers off the Mogadishu coast Friday AP photo before dawn on Dec 9 1992 to people in the preceding year quickly deteriorated into an urban spearhead a coalition sent The United States turned over guerrilla war that ended with a to save Somalia from a famine and the humanitarian mission to the fierce October 1993 battle that civil war that had killed United Nations 17 months later It killed 18 American soldiers   

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