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N. Korea Recalls Seizure of US Spy Ship USS Pueblo   (Article no longer available from the original source)
North Korea said that the U.S. should remember the "bitter lesson" of the communist country's capture of the American spy ship USS Pueblo on Jan. 23, 1968. "The U.S. should not forget the bitter lesson drawn from the incident," a spokesman for the North's Korean National Peace Committee said in a statement by the country's official Korean Central News Agency. "The incident was a product of the U.S. gangster-like policy of aggression" against North Korea, the statement said. 40 years ago, North Korean torpedo boats assaulted the lightly armed USS Pueblo as it was monitoring ship movements and intercepting messages.

South Korean spies admit kidnapping ex-president
South Korea's spy agency confessed to the most notorious kidnapping in the country's history, saying that in 1973 it snatched opposition leader -- later Nobel laureate -- Kim Dae-jung in Tokyo. A fact-finding panel of the National Intelligence Service said it cannot rule out the possibility former president Park Chung-hee may have ordered the kidnapping of Kim, who was his main political rival.

U.S. spy ship seized in 1968 now a major tourist attraction in N. Korea
North Korea`s greatest propaganda trophy, captured U.S. Navy spy ship USS Pueblo, floats along the banks of the Taedong River, beckoning visitors aboard to see how North Korea once humiliated the United States. Captain surrendered without firing a shot in 1968. Now a major tourist attraction, the vessel has become a symbol of anti-Americanism and the Cold War era. It draws nearly 1,000 people a day in tours designed to drum up patriotism. "It was a great victory for the Korean people to capture this ship," said tour guide Li Gyong-il, dressed in a military uniform.

Long-forgotten U.S. Cold War spies remembered
During the Korean War, a plane carrying two agents from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) (John Downey and Richard Fecteau) crashed in the Chinese province of Jilin on Nov 29, 1952. The two were in a mission to meet with Chinese anti-government activists. After being caught by Chinese People's Liberation Army, they spent 20 years in prison. A CIA report "Two CIA Prisoners in China, 1952-73" documents the men's story. The report shows the reality of anti-communist operations. At that time, the U.S. undertook operations to nurture "a third anti-communist force" in China, because the Kuomintang had been discredited by the Chinese people.

No regrets, says last American defector to North Korea
James Joseph Dresnok, the last US defector to North Korea still living in the isolated nation, offers no apology for slipping over the Cold War frontier more than 40 years ago. None is needed, he says in a British-financed documentary film in which he gets the chance to tell his tale. "I really feel at home. I wouldn't trade it for nothing." The film uses archive footage interspersed with interviews with Dresnok to explain his decision to cross the no-man's land between the two Koreas one day in 1962. Of the four US army defectors it focuses on, Dresnok is the last one still to reside in North Korea.