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The Nation

September 22, 1988

The CIA knew about a North Korean smuggling operation involving American helicopters but failed to stop it, possibly giving the communist nation a dangerous new military option, NBC News reported. The network aired photographs of new helicopters made by Hughes Aircraft Co. of Los Angeles being unloaded and reassembled at a military airport in North Korea and said they were the first of 86 choppers smuggled out of the United States by North Korean agents between 1983 and 1985.

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