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N. Korea demands apology and return of Soviet defector

The Korean Military Armistice Commission scheduled a meeting for today to discuss Friday's firefight at the truce village of Panmunjom. The shooting, the most serious incident at the village since 1976, erupted when a Soviet national fled to the South across the military demarcation line dividing North and South Korea.

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North Korea demanded in advance of the meeting that the United States and South Korea apologize and severely punish the ''criminals'' who killed three North Koreans in the shootout. A South Korean soldier was also killed and an American serviceman and a North Korean guard were wounded.

A North Korean broadcast monitored in Tokyo also demanded the return of the Soviet student.

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