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February 12, 1968

TELEGRAM FROM PYONGYANG TO BUCHAREST, TOP SECRET, NO. 76.040, REGULAR

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    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK summarizes a declaration from the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the USS Pueblo crisis.
    "Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.040, Regular," February 12, 1968, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Political Affairs Fond, Telegrams from Pyongyang, TOP SECRET, 1968, Archive of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Obtained and translated for NKIDP by Eliza Gheorghe. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/113955
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The North Korean press released a declaration from the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the title ‘The Korean people are effectively prepared and always ready to fight alongside the Vietnamese people, whenever the Vietnamese people need it,’ through which the North Koreans condemned the atrocities committed by the United States in South Vietnam.

The document underlined the unanimous support for the February 4 declaration of the spokesman of the Central Committee of the National Liberation Front in South Vietnam and the February 5 declaration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

The North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the US aggression against the Vietnamese people is also an act of aggression against the Korean people and therefore, upon the request of the Vietnamese people, the DPRK is always ready to offer it all the help it needs.

The declaration asked for the immediate and unconditional termination of all American warmongering activities, and for the most urgent withdrawal possible of American and foreign troops in Vietnam.

Signed: N. Popa