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London 23rd of January Juche 105 (2016)
Today the 23rd January is the 48th anniversary of the capture of the US imperialist armed spy ship the USS Pueblo by the heroic Korean People's Army navy .The Association For the Study of Songun Politics UK(ASSPUK) , the Juche Idea Study Group of Englang (JISGE) and the UK Korean Friendship Association (UK KFA) issued the following statement
The captured ship is a symbol of victory in the anti-US, anti-imperialist struggleThe "Pueblo " is now on display at the Fatherland Liberation War Museum of the DPRK in Pyongyang . It forms the central part of the display of captured enemy weapons. It is the only US warship to be in the hands of an adversary of the US. The ship had remained in Wonsan for many years and then in 1998 was taken to the River Taedong in Pyongyang and moored at the site where the USS General Sherman was sunk by Korean patriots led by Kim Ung U the grandfather of the great leader President Kim Il Sung . In 2013 it was moved to the reconstructed and expanded Fatherland Liberation War Museum .
A delegation of of the JISGE and ASSPUK has visited the "Pueblo " three times ,once in 2008 and at the new site in 2013 and October 2015. The "Pueblo " is a graphic and substantial demonstration of US imperialism's crimes against the Korean people .
The "Pueblo " was captured 7 miles off Wonsan on the east coast of the DPRK on the 23rd of January 1968 . Its crew were armed and so was the ship ,as it had a machine gun mounted at the stern . A small group of KPA sailors managed to overpower over 80 US personnel and capture them.
The US imperialists arrogantly demanded that the DPRK hand back both the ship and the crew , threatening to bomb the DPRK. The great leader President Kim Il Sung stood firm saying the DPRK would match all-out war for all-out war. The modern revisionists, the backsliders and agents of imperialism, had also suggested the DPRK hand back the ship and its crew but the DPRK stood firm and the "USS Pueblo " is still in Pyongyang 48 years after being captured . It is living testimony to the defeat of US imperialism !. Now the nuclear armed DPRK is stronger than it was at the time of the capture of the Pueblo and will inflict an even heavier defeat on US imperialism.