North Korean Infiltration Campaign 1974-1982

[ 1974 - 1982 ]

High-level discussion began in early 1972, culminating in a historic joint North-South communiqué in July, in which both sides agreed to seek reunification peacefully. High-level discussions continued until August 1973, when they were unilaterally suspended by the North...

[In 1974, North Korean agents] attempted unsuccessfully to assassinate President Park [of South Korea]. In the 1974 attempt, during an August 15 ceremony marking National Liberation Day at the National Theater in Seoul, the assassin's shots missed President Park but killed Mrs. Park. 

From the mid-1970s to the early 1980s, most North Korean infiltration was done by heavily armed reconnaissance teams, which increasingly were intercepted and neutralized by South Korean security forces. After shifting to infiltration by sea for a brief period in the 1980s, P'yongyang apparently discarded military reconnaissance in favor of inserting agents from third countries. North Korea did not abandon violence...

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