Pyongyang, October 25 (KCNA) — An endless stream of working people from all walks of life and soldiers of the Korean People’s Army in the DPRK are visiting Pueblo, the captured U.S. armed spy ship.
While looking round the armory, the intelligence gathering cabin, the decoding cabin, highly-effective antenna and others preserved in their original state, the visitors are more keenly aware of the crafty, vicious and aggressive nature of the U.S.
Pueblo with a displacement of over 1,000 tons was captured in waters off Wonsan by the self-defensive step of sailors of the Korean People’s Army on January 23, 1968 when it intruded deep into the territorial waters of Korea to spy on military and state secrets of the DPRK, disguised as a “civilian ship for oceanographic research” on the order of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
Seven brave sailors of the KPA boarded the spy ship and captured all the crewmen including its captain, more than 80 in all. One of them was killed. They seized many arms and equipment for spying, thus capturing the ship in just 14 minutes.
No sooner had the incident occurred than the U.S. led the situation to the brink of war, claiming that the ship was in the “open sea” at the time of its capture and that it committed no crime.
But a joint message of apology, letters of request and confessions submitted by the crewmen of the ship to the DPRK government, diary of the ship’s navigation, a navigational chart and other operation documents irrefutably proved that the ship was used for espionage against the DPRK.
The President Kim Il Sung, as a reaction to the arrogant and shameless behaviour of the U.S. in those days, clarified to the whole world the stand that the Korean people and people’s army would return “retaliation” for retaliation, an all-out war for an all-out war.
The incident was settled in December that year, 11 months after its outbreak. The United States signed a document admitting and apologizing for Pueblo’s espionage and hostile act against the DPRK. Accordingly, the DPRK government expelled all the crewmen from its boundary and confiscated the ship and all the espionage facilities and weapons kept on the ship.
After hearing explanations given by the two sailors who took part in the battle to capture the ship and seeing video cassettes on which the whole course of the incident is recorded, the visitors said that the ship bears witness to the U.S.’s history of aggression on Korea and, at the same time, shows the inevitability of their ruin and provides a good opportunity of anti-U.S. education.
The ship is now placed on the River Taedong of the capital where there is the monument to the sinking of the U.S. pirate ship general Sherman which was sunk thanks to the struggle of the Pyongyangites after intruding into Korea in 1866, more than a hundred years ago.
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