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The Digital Archive contains once-secret documents from governments all across the globe, uncovering new sources and providing fresh insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy. The Digital Archive is overseen by the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program and focuses on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, Korea, and Nuclear Proliferation. [Read more]

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October 18, 1976

Press Release of the Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Announcement that all North Korean Embassy personnel in Oslo have been asked to leave the country following reports of smuggling through the embassy.

October 18, 1976

Telegram to the Embassy in Pyongyang, 'Deportation North Korean Diplomats'

Two press releases on the discovery of smuggling activities by personnel at the North Korean Embassy in Oslo.

October 19, 1976

Letter from Willum Steen, Police Security Service, to Sverre Gjellum, Minister of Foreign Affairs, 'North Korean Embassy - Illegal Import and Distribution of Spirits, Cigarettes, etc.'

Cover letter with notes submitted to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

October 19, 1976

Notes to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, 'Smuggling - North Korea's Embassy'

Chargé d’affaires of the North Korean Embassy in Oslo is informed that all embassy personnel (including the ambassador) must leave the country following the discovery of …

October 21, 1976

Dispatch from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Embassy in Beijing, 'North Korea's Embassy in Oslo'

Norway will not reverse its decision to expel the current North Korean embassy staff. Visas have been received and approved for new staff.

October 21, 1976

Notes for Interim Press Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'Smuggling - North Korea's Embassy'

The North Korean ambassador is advised to leave Sweden following the discovery of smuggling activities in North Korean embassies.

October 18, 1976

Press Release of the Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Announcement that all North Korean Embassy personnel in Oslo have been asked to leave the country following reports of smuggling through the embassy.

October 18, 1976

Telegram to the Embassy in Pyongyang, 'Deportation North Korean Diplomats'

Two press releases on the discovery of smuggling activities by personnel at the North Korean Embassy in Oslo.

October 19, 1976

Letter from Willum Steen, Police Security Service, to Sverre Gjellum, Minister of Foreign Affairs, 'North Korean Embassy - Illegal Import and Distribution of Spirits, Cigarettes, etc.'

Cover letter with notes submitted to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

October 19, 1976

Notes to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, 'Smuggling - North Korea's Embassy'

Chargé d’affaires of the North Korean Embassy in Oslo is informed that all embassy personnel (including the ambassador) must leave the country following the discovery of …

October 21, 1976

Dispatch from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Embassy in Beijing, 'North Korea's Embassy in Oslo'

Norway will not reverse its decision to expel the current North Korean embassy staff. Visas have been received and approved for new staff.

October 21, 1976

Notes for Interim Press Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'Smuggling - North Korea's Embassy'

The North Korean ambassador is advised to leave Sweden following the discovery of smuggling activities in North Korean embassies.

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Documents on Taiwan's efforts to engage non-communist states in Southeast Asia in the 1970s and 1980s.

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The Soviet Union joined the International Olympic Committee only in 1951, but went on to dominate the games along with its rival, the United States.

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Documents on Cuban's international relations, focusing on it's relationship with the Soviet Union, China and the United States.

FOUNDATIONS OF CHINESE FOREIGN POLICY

The texts which have defined the foreign policy of the People's Republic of China.

VIETNAM WAR

This is a large collection of primary source documents all related to the the Vietnam War

THE SIX-DAY WAR

This collection gives insight into the thought processes of global decision-makers as the events of the 1967 War, or Six-Day War, unfolded.

TAIWAN’S COLD WAR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Documents on Taiwan's efforts to engage non-communist states in Southeast Asia in the 1970s and 1980s.

SOVIET UNION AND THE OLYMPICS

The Soviet Union joined the International Olympic Committee only in 1951, but went on to dominate the games along with its rival, the United States.

CUBAN FOREIGN RELATIONS

Documents on Cuban's international relations, focusing on it's relationship with the Soviet Union, China and the United States.

FOUNDATIONS OF CHINESE FOREIGN POLICY

The texts which have defined the foreign policy of the People's Republic of China.

Welcome

The Digital Archive contains once-secret documents from governments all across the globe, uncovering new sources and providing fresh insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy. The Digital Archive is overseen by the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program and focuses on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, Korea, and Nuclear Proliferation. [Read more]

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themes

Learn about specific topics and regions through essays, timelines and educational resources.

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