REPORT RE NORTH KOREA EXPECTING APOLOGY FROM US BEFORE RELEASING PUEBLO CREW

Created: 2/28/1968

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may be trying to probe US intentionsr. the Pueblo incident.

A North Korean journalist in Japan, who may be serving as an unofficial representative for Pyongyang, reportedly met onebruaryestern diplomat to discuss the issue. The journalist pressed foras to what the US was trying to accomplish at Panmunjom and what the US was planning to do about the Pueblo seizure.

When asked what North Korea had in mind concerningfor the Pueblo crew, the journalist asserted, "thaton the US." He stated

categorically that the crew would be released "as soon as possible" if the US apologized.

Seoul is attempting to quiet criticism of theand generally tightensecurity in theof the North Korean raid on the presidential palace in January. k Chong-hui onebruaryew defense minister, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Choe Yong-hui, after reshuffling top-level security officials last week. The new defense minister is likely toloser workingwith US officials than his predecessor, and no change in South Korean policy is likely.

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