SOUTH KOREA: The Army Rears Up

The arrest of a top general reveals afresh power struggle

Motorists heading home from work in Seoul one evening last week were abruptly confronted by a battery of agitated army troops wildly swinging their guns and bringing cars to a halt. A few moments later a convoy of army vehicles wormed through the snarled traffic and wheeled into the fashionable Hannam-Dong residential district. Suddenly, from a nearby compound housing military and government officials, came the loud staccato of automatic gunfire. After dark, tanks and armored cars were seen taking up positions in the...

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