Saturday, April 21, 2007

Taken Question
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 17, 2007
Question Taken at April 17, 2007 Daily Press Briefing

North Korea -- Return of the USS Pueblo

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Question: Have we received an offer from the North Koreans to return the USS Pueblo? Are there any conditions? Would we consider such an offer?

Answer: We have not heard officially from the D.P.R.K. about the USS Pueblo. The D.P.R.K. did not offer to return the ship during the Richardson-Principi visit, and the U.S. government members of the delegation declined an offer of a tour of the vessel.

As we have said previously, the USS Pueblo is the property of the United States government and it should be returned to the United States. North Korea's seizure of the vessel and its detention of the crew were in violation of international law.

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USS Pueblo Q&A