The United States asked the United Nations Security Council to convince North Korea to release the USS Pueblo and its captured crew on Friday (26 Jan).
Goldberg making his speech
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Background: The United States asked the United Nations Security Council to convince North Korea to release the USS Pueblo and its captured crew on Friday (26 Jan). U.S. Ambassador Arthur Goldberg buttressed the United States case with maps, charts and transcriptions of North Korean radio messages.
Goldberg claimed the evidence proved that North Korea seized the U.S. intelligence ship in international waters. Platon Morozov, Deputy Ambassador of the Soviet Union refuted Mr. Goldberg's presentation and called his evidence worthless. The Soviet representative, together with Hungary and Algeria earlier failed to keep the Pueblo off the Council agenda.
The following is an excerpt of Ambassador Goldberg's speech:
"Now Mr. President, in light of this, this was no mere incident, no case of mistaken identity, no case of mistaken location. It was nothing less than a deliberate, premeditated, armed attack on a United States naval vessel on the high seas, an attack whose gravity is underlined by these simple facts which I should now like to sum up.
The location of the Pueblo in international waters was fully known to the North Korean authorities since the broadcasts were not only between its own ships but were directed to its shore installations.
The Pueblo was so lightly armed that the North Koreans, in one of the conversations which we have mentioned, even reported it unarmed.
The Pueblo was therefore in no position to engage in a hostile, warlike act toward the territory or vessels of North Korea; and the North Koreans knew this.
Nevertheless, the Pueblo, clearly on high seas, was forcibly stopped, boarded and seized by North Korean armed vessels. This is a knowing wilful aggressive act, part of a deliberate series of actions in contravention of international law and solemn international arrangements designed to keep peace in the area, which apply not only to land forces but to naval forces as well. It is an action which no member of the United Nations could tolerate."