April 21, 2021

North Korea ordered to pay $2.3 billion for kidnapping, torturing US Navy crew

Eighty-two USS Pueblo crew members were held captive for nearly a year starting in 1968, while one was killed

Awarding one of the largest-ever damages in a state-sponsored terrorism case, a U.S. federal district court has ordered North Korea to pay $2.3 billion to crew members who were captured on a U.S. spy ship more than 50 years ago.

On Thursday, the court ruled that the DPRK owes the large lump sum after 61 crew workers who were captured on a Naval ship called the USS Pueblo in 1968 filed a lawsuit decades later, in Feb. 2018. Another 110 family members also joined in on the suit.