Senate Recently Passed a Joint Resolution Urging National Political Leaders and the Colorado Congressional Delegation to Negotiate Return of U.S.S. Pueblo on the 51st Anniversary of its Capture
January 31, 2019
Denver, CO – Senate President Leroy M. Garcia (D-Pueblo) today sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to negotiate the release of the U.S.S. Pueblo, the only ship held by a foreign government, at the second summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in February.
In the letter, Garcia wrote: “As President of the Colorado State Senate and a proud Puebloan, I am writing on the 51st anniversary of the capture of the U.S.S. Pueblo to assert in the strongest possible terms the importance of the return of this ship from the Republic of North Korea.”
The U.S.S. Pueblo, named for the city of Pueblo, Colorado, is a United States Navy ship that was attacked by the North Korean military while on an intelligence mission on January 23, 1968. One crew member was killed during the attack while 80 others and two civilian oceanographers were captured and held for 11 months by the North Korean government
“The U.S.S. Pueblo is not just a symbol of the courage and honor of the crew who were captured — it remains a symbol of the strength and pride of our Navy and the American people. As a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, I am grateful for the bravery demonstrated and sacrifices made by the crew of the U.S.S. Pueblo,” wrote Garcia.
The Senate recently passed a joint resolution (SJR19-003) asking for the President and national political leaders to ensure the Republic of North Korea returns the U.S.S. Pueblo. The joint resolution will be heard in the Colorado House of Representatives on Friday. While the General Assembly passes a similar resolution every year, the U.S.S. Pueblo remains the only ship held by a foreign government 51 years later.
However, the recently announced second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that will take place in February 2019 presents a unique opportunity to demand the return of the U.S.S. Pueblo.
“Given your renowned reputation for negotiations, I am hopeful that you will join our efforts in calling for the return of the U.S.S. Pueblo. Its return from North Korea would represent a meaningful step forward for our two nations, and I look forward to seeing your leadership on this issue at the summit in February,” concluded the letter.
The letter can be found here: https://senatedems.co/2019/01/31/letter-to-president-trump-urging-return-of-the-u-s-s-pueblo/?preview=true.
The resolution can be found here: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sjr19-003.