Donga Daily article covers release of NKIDP Critical Oral History Conference transcript

Jan 07, 2011

An article carried in Korea's Donga Daily highlights new findings from a recently published NKIDP book, Crisis and Confrontation on the Korean Peninsula: 1968-1969 from the History and Public Policy Program Critical Oral History Conference Series. The article includes the new detail that the North Korean commando unit that attacked the South Korean presidential compound on 21 January 1968 also initially planned to besiege the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. The article also features new findings on the North Korean seizure of the USS Pueblo two days later on 23 January 1968, including the fact that the U.S. intended to scramble F-4 Phantom fighters to the scene until it was discovered that they were only fitted to carry a nuclear weapons.

Crisis and Confrontation on the Korean Peninsula: 1968-69 features the transcript of a Critical Oral History Conference that involved veteran South Korean, U.S., and East German diplomatic and intelligence officials directly involved in Korea policy in the late 1960s. The publication also includes a 100-page appendix of newly declassified archival documents.

The release of the book was also featured in the Chosun Daily.

To read the Donga Daily article (in English) visit the Donga Daily website.

To read the Donga Daily article (in Korean) visit the Donga Daily website.

To read the Chosun Daily article (in Korean) visit the Chosun Daily website.

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