Pyongyang, January 22 (KCNA) — The incident of U.S. armed spy ship Pueblo clearly showed that any provocations of the hostile forces against the DPRK will meet only stern punishment, said Ra Yong Sun, vice-director of the Scientific Research Department of the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum.
The U.S. armed spy ship, which was captured by the seamen of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) on Jan. 23, 1968, serves as a floating museum now exhibited on the Pothong River in Pyongyang.
The Pueblo incident was a manifestation of the DPRK’s right to self-defence and a due punishment dealt out upon the aggressors by the KPA seamen.
But, the U.S. imperialists answered the righteous measure taken by the DPRK with military threat to the DPRK. They even brought the incident to the UN Security Council, saying that they would not hesitate to use nukes to settle it.
At that time, the DPRK declared that it would react to the U.S. “retaliation” with stronger counteraction and to the total war with all-out war.
Eventually, the U.S. could not but make a written apology to the DPRK, in which it said:
The government of the Unites States of America shoulders full responsibility and solemnly apologizes for the grave acts of espionage committed by the U.S. ship against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea after having intruded into the territorial waters of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The government gives firm assurance that no U.S. ships will intrude again in future into the territorial waters of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
In this regard, former President Johnson deplored that it was one and the only letter of apology signed by the U.S. in its history.
Nearly fifty years has passed since the incident, but the situation on the Korean Peninsula has been escalated as the days go by owing to the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK.
The U.S. is well advised to draw a bitter lesson from its past failures, as the DPRK has already emerged as a nuclear power.
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