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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.

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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