February 14, 1968 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD - SENATE
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, I ask
unanimous consent that an editorial
published in the Baltimore Sun this
morning, entitled "Careful in Korea,"
which supports the President's diplomatic
efforts to avoid rash actions in
Northeast Asia to bring about release of
the Pueblo and its crew, be printed in the
There being no objection, the editorial
was ordered to be printed in the RECORD,
CAREFUL IN KOREA
The incident of the lntell!.gence ship
Pueblo has served, among other things, to
remind us that there are parte of Southeast
Asia other than Vietnam, and that there are
friendly regimes besides Saigon's with whom
our d ealings are touchy and dltncul t. The
Government In Seoul. already worried about
North Korean raids before the Pueblo was
seized . has since that time felt that the
United States In Its ooncern for the ship and
the crew was downgrading the sertousness of,
for Instance. the North Korean attempts to
assassinate President Chung Hee Park. The
feeling has run high enough f~·r President
JohnsOn to dispatch a special rejJresentatlve,
Cyrus Vance, to talk to the authorities In
Seoul, for rea8surance and for discussion of
their security problems.
This kind of preventative consultation Is
In line with the· Administration's careful attitude
right now on all matters Korean, Includ
ing the case of the Pueblo. I! Mr. Johnson
was tempted toward precipitant actionwhich
Incidentally might well have placed
the crew In greater jeopardy- he resisted the
temptation, and be still resists any temptation
to build the incident into a major crisis
till·" m ight lead to new Korean confiict. It Is
the wise way. We have already ha.cl too many
Southeast Asia exa mples of how hasty action
can bring consequences unforeseen.
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 44, Folder 10, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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