Nation: Still Dangling

Almost totally overshadowed by events in Viet Nam, talks between U.S. and North Korean negotiators on the fate of Pueblo and her 82 surviving crewmen moved at a glacial pace in Panmunjom last week. The U.S. had little choice but to pursue the painstaking diplomatic route that it has been following since the ferret ship was seized at sea three weeks ago. "I don't know any way of getting them out alive by military action," said a top-echelon State Department official. "You might get them out as corpses."

In sharp contrast to the low-key U.S. approach was North Korea's pugnacity....