NKIDP e-Dossier No. 5 on Pueblo Incident Featured in South Korean Press
Recently released NKIDP e-Dossier No. 5, "New Romanian Evidence on the Blue House Raid and the USS Pueblo Incident," was reported on widely by the South Korean press, including SBS, Dong-A Ilbo, Segye News, and Hankook Ilbo.
Various reports in the South Korean media showcased the value of the Romanian documents on the 1968 USS Pueblo Incident and the Blue House Raid obtained by NKIDP, materials which reveal that North Korea's behavior was dismissed by the Soviet Union but welcomed by the Communist Party of China. Professors Mitchell Lerner and Jongdae Shin, who wrote introductions for the 28 Romanian documents included in NKIDP e-Dossier No. 5, were interviewed by South Korean reporters.
Links to and summaries of the Korean language reports are included below:
Documents uncovered by NKIDP provide new evidence on North Korea’s motives for capturing the US Intelligence vessel USS Pueblo. Archival sources from Romania note the rapid change in Chinese attitude towards North Korea following the incident. This observation has led Professor Shin Jongdae to hypothesize that Pyongyang intended to increase tensions to move closer to Beijing.
There have been assertions that the Pueblo Crisis and the Blue House Raid in 1968 were ploys to strengthen the central authority in Pyongyang; however, new documents uncovered by NKIDP from Romanian state archives reveal how North Korea sought to open a “second front” against the US in the Korean Peninsula to move closer to the PRC.
Newly uncovered documents on the Pueblo Crisis show how the Soviet Union was extremely critical of North Korean actions. In fact, the sources show that the Pueblo Crisis created a huge rift between the Soviets and the North Koreans.
Using newly uncovered documents from Romania, NKIDP provides evidence of North Korea’s attempt to mend ties with the PRC by cooperating with Beijing’s vision of a two-front war in East Asia. In addition, the Romanian sources reveal how the Soviets did not encourage or support the action.
New documents uncovered by NKIDP reveal how the Pueblo Crisis was an attempt by North Korea to restore frayed relations with China. The Romanian sources also suggest that the Blue House Raid was conducted for more of the same reason.
NKIDP released newly uncovered documents from Romania that reveals new information about the Pueblo Crisis. In particular, the sources show how the Chinese attitudes towards North Korea rapidly improved following the provocations. This has led some to believe that the tensions were initiated by Pyongyang to improve relations with Beijing.