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Allard Wants USS Pueblo Back From N. Korea
Colorado Lawmaker Working to Return Vessel to Home
U.S.S. Pueblo

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) today reintroduced a resolution in the United States Senate demanding the return of the U.S.S. Pueblo to the United States Navy and sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice specifically asking for her to assist in retrieving the vessel from North Korea.

"The return of the U.S.S. Pueblo is long overdue," said Allard. "North Korea continues to hint at the possible return of the captured U.S. Navy ship, and it is my hope that Secretary Rice can take action at this opportune time."

Allard has asked Rice to consider an idea proposed to him by several Coloradans regarding the merits of a "possible exchange of Korean General Uh Je-yeon's flag from an 1871 battle on Kanghwa Island for the U.S.S. Pueblo." The Korean flag remains on display at the U.S. Naval Academy.

"In speaking with some of my constituents, I believe there may be merit to the idea of an exchange of General Uh Je-yeon's flag for the U.S.S. Pueblo," said Allard. "The U.S.S. Pueblo remains a commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy, despite the fact that it continues to be held by the North Koreans in violation of International Law. It belongs to the United States Navy and we should pursue all possible options to return her to a rightful resting place."

The U.S.S. Pueblo was operating in international waters on an intelligence mission off the coast of North Korea in 1968 when it was captured. The crew was imprisoned for nearly a year before their release on December 23, 1968, but the vessel is still being held by North Korea as a ‘war trophy.'






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