CEASE-FIRE: Sunday in Kaesong

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At 8:50 a.m. Sunday, Korea time, two big green U.S. helicopters windmilled up from Munsan, the allied "advance outpost" for truce talks, and vanished to the north in the morning haze. They flew slowly. In ten minutes they were across the Imjin River; in a few more minutes their pilots sighted Kaesong, three miles south of the 38th parallel, the war-battered town the Communists had picked as the place to talk peace.

Kaesong (meaning "open castle") was the first major South Korean town to fall to the North Korean invaders,...

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