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Pueblo Affair / News Conferences / Bucher #442051

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 24, 1968
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(Studio) North Korean newspaper article says "Pueblo" crew confessed to spying and won't be freed until United States apologizes. North Korean propaganda film shows "Pueblo" and its crew.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(N. Korea) "Pueblo" shown in North Korean harbor. January 23, 1968, film shows crew after capture.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley Narrates

(Pyongyang, North Korea) N Korea says prisoners receive ample food, recreation and medical attention Communist reporters invited to see crew, who appeared healthy and relaxed. Latest news conference held August 13, 1968. Crew present had on new summer clothes. [Commander Lloyd BUCHER - thanks North Korea for opportunity to meet with press and thanks press for coming although crew are criminals who committed espionage and hostile acts deep in North Korean waters. Deeply repentant of crimes. Wanted press' help in desire for repatriation. Crew well, thanks to North Korean's humanitarian efforts.] All crew members who speak said they were guilty, well-treated, missed their families and wished US would comply with North Korean demands. [BUCHER - says wants to return to United States and loved ones. Speaks of family and 1 of son's birthday.]
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(Studio) On September 12, 1968, Bucher and 20 crew members repeated confessions at another news conference Left-wing magazine, "Guardian" says Bucher told its reporter that the captain deliberately sailed into North Korean waters to see what the response would be.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

Huntley, Chet;
Utley, Garrick

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