ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF SONGUN POLITICS UK
The Association For the Study of Songun Politics UK(ASSPUK),the British Group for the Study of the Juche Idea(BGSJI),the UK Korean Friendship Association(UK KFA) and the British Solidarity Committee for Peace and Reunification on the Korean Peninsula(BSCPRKP)issued a joint statement on the 54th anniversary of the capture of the US imperialist armed spy ship the "USS Pueblo" by the heroic Korean People's Army navy .
The capture of the USS "Pueblo" by the navy of the Korean People's Army 54 years ago on the 23rd of January 1968 was a great blow to US imperialism
The captured ship is a symbol of victory in the anti-US, anti-imperialist struggle .The "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 revolutionary leader President Kim Il Sung . In 2013 it was moved to the reconstructed and expanded Fatherland Liberation War Museum on the River Potong.
Delegations of of the British Group for the Study of the Juche Idea, the UK Korean Friendship Association and the Association for the Study of Songun Politics UK have visited the "Pueblo" many times. The "Pueblo " is a graphic and substantial demonstration of US imperialism's crimes against the Korean people but at the same time it shows the vulnerability of the US and its inevitable defeat.
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 and that the only thing the US would get out of it was corpses and death . The modern revisionists,traitors and capitalutionists who were the 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 some 50 years after being captured .
The "Pueblo " is a living testimony to the bankruptcy of the US hostile policy towards the DPRK.