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Pueblo Crisis


212. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in the Soviet Union

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, POL 33–6 KOR N–US. Secret; Flash;Exdis. Also sent to Seoul and repeated to Tokyo. Drafted by Bundy; cleared by Brigadier General Steakley and in substance by Rusk and McNamara; and approved by Gendreau (S/S-O).


213. Notes of Meeting

Source: Johnson Library, Tom Johnson's Notes of Meetings, Pueblo I. Top Secret. Drafted by Tom Johnson. The meeting was held in the White House.


214. Telegram From the Commander in Chief, United Nations Command, and Commander of United States, Korea (Bonesteel) to the Commander in Chief, Pacific (Sharp)

Source: Department of State,INR/IL Historical Files, Pueblo, 23 January 1968 to December 1968. Secret; Immediate; Noforn. Repeated to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and passed to the Department of Defense, the White House, the Department of State, and the Defense Intelligence Agency.


215. Memorandum From Director of Central Intelligence Helms to Secretary Defense McNamara

Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Korea—Pueblo Incident, Vol. I, Part B (through January). Secret; Sensitive. Also sent to Nitze, Rostow, Rusk, Katzenbach, Bundy, General Carroll, Hughes, and General Carter. Rostow sent this memorandum under a January 23 covering note to the President indicating that it contained Helm's “personal assessment.” Rostow's note indicates that the President saw the memorandum.


216. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Korea

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, POL 27–14 KOR/UN. Secret; Flash. Repeated to CINCPAC for POLAD and the White House. Drafted by Fleck and Berger; cleared by Steadman, Meeker, Bundy, Rostow, and Read; and approved by Rusk.


217. Summary Minutes of Meeting

Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Files of Bromley Smith, Meeting of Pueblo Group, January 24, 1968, 10:30 a.m. Top Secret. Notes of this meeting were also drafted by George Christian. (Ibid., Meeting Notes File, Meeting at State on Pueblo) When McNamara informed the President of this meeting and its participants in a phone conversation earlier the same morning, the President suggested that Clifford also attend, explaining that “he ought to learn it, cause it's gonna be heavy.” (Ibid., Recordings and Transcripts, Recording of Telephone Conversation between President Johnson and McNamara, January 24, 1968, 9:18 a.m., Tape F68.01, PNO 1)


218. Notes of Meeting

Source: Johnson Library, Tom Johnson's Notes of Meetings, Pueblo II, 1:00 p.m. Top Secret. Drafted by Tom Johnson. The meeting was held in the Cabinet Room at the White House. A memorandum of this meeting was also prepared by Harold H. Saunders, and summary notes of this and a brief meeting following the NSC meeting were prepared by Bromley Smith. (Both ibid., National Security File, National Security Council Meetings, Vol. IV, Tab 62, January 24, 1968)


219. Telegram From the Embassy in Korea to the Department of State

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, POL 33–6 KOR N–US. Secret; Flash;Exdis.


220. Minutes of Meeting

Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Files of Bromley Smith, [Meeting on Pueblo Crisis, January 24, 1968, 6:00 p.m.]. Top Secret. Drafted by Bromley Smith. The meeting was held in Katzenbach's office at the State Department and ended shortly before 7:30 p.m. (Ibid., Rusk Appointment Book)


221. Notes of Meeting

Source: Johnson Library, Tom Johnson's Notes of Meetings, Pueblo III. Top Secret. Drafted by Tom Johnson. The meeting was held in the Cabinet Room.


222. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Japan

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, POL 33–6 KOR N–US. Secret; Immediate;Exdis. Repeated to the White House. Drafted by Berger; cleared by Katzenbach, Nitze, and Read; and approved by Rusk.


223. Notes of Meeting

Source: Johnson Library, Tom Johnson's Notes of Meetings, Pueblo IV, 8:30 a.m. Top Secret. Drafted by Tom Johnson. The meeting was held at the White House.


224. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in the Soviet Union

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, POL 33–6 KOR N–US. Top Secret; Immediate; Nodis. Drafted at the White House, cleared by Rusk, and approved by Read.


225. Notes of Meeting

Source: Johnson Library, Tom Johnson's Notes of Meetings, Pueblo V, 1:26 p.m. Top Secret. Drafted by Tom Johnson. The meeting was held in the family dining room at the White House.


226. Notes of Meeting

Source: Johnson Library, Tom Johnson's Notes of Meetings, Pueblo VI, 6:30. Top Secret. Drafted by Tom Johnson.


227. Telegram From the Embassy in the Soviet Union to the Department of State

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, POL 33–6 KOR N–US. Top Secret; Immediate; Nodis. Received on January 26 at 8:46 a.m.


228. Notes of Meeting

Source: Johnson Library, Tom Johnson's Notes of Meetings, Pueblo VII, 11:00 a.m. Top Secret. Drafted by Tom Johnson. The meeting was held in the Cabinet Room at the White House. The time of the meeting is from the President's Daily Diary. (Ibid.)


229. Memorandum From the Under Secretary of State (Katzenbach) to President Johnson

Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Korea—Pueblo Incident, Vol. I, Part B (through January). Secret. Attached to a January 26 memorandum from Rostow to President Johnson in which he noted that Katzenbach “seeks to convince you that things are in somewhat better shape than you may think; and—basically, he is right.” The memorandum indicates that the President saw it.


230. Telegram From the Embassy in the Soviet Union to the Department of State

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, POL 33–6 KOR N–US. Top Secret; Flash, Nodis. Received on January 27 at 10:50 a.m.


231. Telegram From the Embassy in the Soviet Union to the Department of State

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, POL 33–6 KOR N–US. Top Secret; Immediate; Nodis. Received January 27 at 11:14 a.m.


232. Telegram From the Embassy in Korea to the Department of State

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, POL 27–14 KOR/UN. Secret; Flash; Exdis. Repeated USUN.


233. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Korea

Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Korea—Pueblo Incident—Cactus IV, Cactus Miscellaneous Papers, February to December 1968. Secret; Flash; Nodis; Cactus. Repeated to USUN. Drafted at the White House, where it was cleared by the President; cleared by Berger and Walsh; and approved by Katzenbach.


234. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Korea

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, POL 33–6 KOR N–US. Secret; Flash; Nodis; Cactus. Repeated to USUN. Drafted by Meeker; cleared by Berger, Rostow, and Walsh; and approved by Katzenbach.


235. Memorandum From the President's Special Assistant (Rostow) to President Johnson

Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Korea—Pueblo Incident—Cactus IV, Cactus Miscellaneous Papers, February to December 1968. Secret; Nodis; Cactus. The memorandum indicates that the President saw it.


237. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Korea

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, POL 33–6 KOR N–US. Secret; Flash; Nodis; Cactus. Repeated to USUN. Drafted by Berger; cleared by Rostow, McNamara, Rusk, and Katzenbach; and approved by Walsh. A draft version was approved by the President and read by him in its entirety during a phone conversation with Goldberg, who also approved its contents; see Document 236.


238. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in the Soviet Union

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, POL 33–6 KOR N–US. Top Secret; Priority; Nodis. Drafted by Malcolm Toon, Country Director, Soviet Union Affairs; cleared by Helms at CIA and Read; and approved by Katzenbach.


239. Memorandum for Record

Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Name File, Eisenhower, Dwight D. Secret. The memorandum indicates that President Johnson saw it.


240. Telegram From the Embassy in the Soviet Union to the Department of State

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, POL 33–6 KOR N–US. Secret; Immediate; Nodis.


241. Telephone Conversation Between President Johnson and Secretary of Defense McNamara

Source: Johnson Library, Recordings and Transcripts, Recording of Telephone Conversation between President Johnson and McNamara, January 29, 1968, 8:41 a.m., Tape F68.01, PNO 4. Secret. This transcript was prepared by the Office of the Historian specifically for this volume.