The Koreas: Bloodshed at a Peace Site

The 158-acre area around the Korean truce village of Panmunjom has been a haven from gunfire, if not from violence, since the 1953 Korean armistice. But that record was shattered last week by a shootout over a Soviet defector in the Joint Security Area. An American G.I., Michael Burgoyne, 20, of Portland, Mich., was wounded in the melee. A South Korean soldier and as many as three North Koreans were killed.

The incident was sparked by Vasiliy Matuzok, 22, a Soviet tour guide on a group visit to the security area, who reportedly bolted toward a 35-member United Nations security unit....

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