North Korea Flaunts Captured US Spy Ship

Former crew not pleased

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 25, 2013 9:14 AM CDT

(Newser) – Real classy, North Korea. Those wags in Pyongyang are thumbing their nose at the US yet again by making a captured US spy ship the centerpiece of a newly renovated museum commemorating the signing of the Korean War armistice (or, as North Korea calls it, "Victory Day"). The USS Pueblo was captured back in 1968. The US had kept it lightly armed in an effort to keep a low profile, and so it was easy prey for North Korean attackers, the AP explains.

That North Korea still has the ship is something of a sore spot for the crew, which spent almost a year in captivity after the attack. The ship is still officially commissioned by the US Navy, making it the only commissioned ship being held by a foreign nation. "The ship was named after Pueblo, Colorado, and they would have loved to have the ship back," one former crew member says. "It's very disappointing to have it still there, and still being used as Anti-American propaganda."

In this June 22, 2006 photo released by North Korea's Korea Central News Agency, North Korean soldiers watch USS Pueblo, which was seized by North Korean navy off the Korean coast in Jan. 1968.
In this June 22, 2006 photo released by North Korea's Korea Central News Agency, North Korean soldiers watch USS Pueblo, which was seized by North Korean navy off the Korean coast in Jan. 1968.   (AP Photo/Korea Central News Agency via Korea News Service)
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