ACCESSION NUMBER:364684 FILE ID:POL401 DATE:10/20/94 TITLE:DEFENSE DEPARTMENT REPORT, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20 (10/20/94) TEXT:*94102001.POL DEFENSE DEPARTMENT REPORT, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20 (Haiti, Iraq, Korea) (340) NEWS BRIEFING -- Spokesman Dennis Boxx and Admiral Paul David Miller, commanding officer of the U.S. Atlantic Command, discussed the following topics: NO ADDITIONAL EFFORTS NEEDED IN U.S. HAITI OPERATION The U.S. military operation in Haiti will not be stepped up to disarm politically disaffected Haitians, and no additional efforts are needed to conclude the original mission there, Boxx said. "To try to go house-to-house to disarm the population is not what this is all about. This is about an effort to help the Haitian government get on 1ts feet," Boxx told reporters. Miller said that he has no plans "to enhance the efforts that are currently ongoing. The local commanders are comfortable with what they are doing." But the admiral noted that "there are still risks in Haiti. There are still people who -- if the opportunity were there -- would hold our soldiers at risk." "We have an alert force," he said, "to insure that doesn't happen." U.S., ALLIES DISCUSSING OPTIONS IN KUWAIT Iraqi troops seem to have ended all immediate threats to Kuwait, and the United States and its allies are still deciding what to do to prevent a recurrence, Boxx said. "Intelligence indicates that the Iraqi Republican Guard units...below the 32nd parallel are now...out of the region," said the spokesman. Certain "diplomatic efforts" are underway between Washington and governments in the Persian Gulf region regarding U.S. troop deployments there. "Those need to work themselves through" before further decisions are made on movements of American troops in the area, he said. PERRY TALKING WITH OFFICIALS IN SOUTH KOREA Defense Secretary Perry is conferring with officials in South Korea as part of his round-the-world-trip, Boxx said. "They will be discussing a number of security issues, including the agreement that will be signed with the North Koreans" regarding Pyongyang's nuclear program, according to the spokesman. Another subject will be the future of the joint U.S.-South Korean "Team Spirit" military exercise, he said. NNNN .