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The ROK Government's Counter Strategy to the US at the Beginning stage of the 1968 Pueblo Incident: Focused on the Fear of Abandonment

Joonseok Yang 1

1서울신학대학교

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ABSTRACT

Using primary data, this study set out to analyze the responding strategies adopted by the ROK government to overcome the fear of abandonment by the United States at the early stages of the Pueblo incident. The ROK government sought to cooperate with the United States by integrating with the 1.21 incident to make the Pueblo Incident aware of US and international community that it reflected the security threat to East Asia by North Korea. However, the US pursued direct negotiations with North Korea, which sparked a fear of abandonment in the ROK government. As a result, the latter requested a resolution of the UN Security Council that included objections to the North Korea-US negotiation, as well as condemnation, disciplining, and the prevention measures of recurrence against North Korea. In response, the US dispatched special envoys to ROK to announce that they would not abandon the country and would continue to provide military aid. However, the Korean government’s fear of abandonment persisted due to concerns over the easy settlement of the North Korea-US negotiation and the need to revise the ROK-US Mutual Defense Treaty. Through this, the ROK government attempted to confirm the South Korean support of the sixteen nations involved in the Korean War. As a result, the US reaffirmed its defense of ROK and held its annual meeting between ROK and US Ministers.

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