A perspective In the late 1990s during the Clinton Administration, the United States attempted to negotiate with North Korea. At the time, the Koreans were in the process of constructing a nuclear reactor. It would be capable of producing nuclear weapons grade plutonium. The US government entered an agreement that stated in essence, if the Koreans stopped work on the reactor the US, along with some EU nations, would provide them with a new light water reactor along with 500,000 tons per year of heavy fuel oil. The fuel oil to be used in the Korean oil fired power plants. US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visited Pyongyang and met with Kim Jong Il. During the course of those "negotiations" the North Koreans felt they would be able to move USS PUEBLO from Wonsan on Korea's east coast to the Taedong River at Pyongyang on the west coast. This was a voyage of over 1000 nautical miles, all in INTERNATIONAL WATERS. The move of the ship from Wonsan to Pyongyang was handled by Secretary of Defense William J. Perry who had been appointed by President Clinton as his North Korea Policy Coordinator. In that role he was in favor of negotiation and appeasement. He was instrumental in arranging Secretary Albright’s visit to NK. He allowed the ship relocation from East to West and told the US Navy hands off.
USS PUEBLO at new location on Botong River, Pyongyang next to the museum. Photo posted March 18, 2013. The masts and antennas have been reinstalled. Battleship gray paint should follow in the Spring. Above photo courtesy Hannah Barraclough, Koryo Group firstname.lastname@example.org
USS PUEBLO starboard side in Pyongyang 2012 photographer unknown
NORTH KOREA: What you see as a tourist is the exact opposite of what is real. These two photos of USS PUEBLO demonstrate the paradox. PUEBLO port side - is painted and appears pristine. The 2nd photo shows the reality of the "DPRK."