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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. It collects the research of three Wilson Center projects which focus on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, Korea, and Nuclear Proliferation. [Read more]

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January 24, 1980

Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, January 24, 1980, 057030, Secret

A report on a meeting between North and South Korean representatives at Panmunjeom and an upcoming meeting between Prime Ministers of the two countries.

January 21, 1980

Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Berlin to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, January 21, 1980, 017019, Secret

A description of North Korea's stance towards solving the Korean reunification problem, especially in relation with foreign attention to domestic political issues of South …

January 20, 1980

Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, January 12, 1980, 057016, Secret

A description of North Korea's economic and industrial growth and its viewpoint on the assassination of South Korean President Park Chung Hee.

February 02, 1980

Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, February 2, 1980, 057040, Secret

North Korea is worried that its outreach to South Korea "didn't produce the anticipated response from the opposition in South Korea."

January 26, 1980

Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, January 16, 1980, 057022, Secret

A report on North Korea's increasing interest in restarting dialogue with South Korea, especially to address the Korean reunification issue.

January 21, 1980

Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, January 21, 1980, 057026, Secret

A summary of statements by Kim Je-sook, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Korea. Kim addresses the issue of restarting dialogue between North and South Korea in the …

January 24, 1980

Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, January 24, 1980, 057030, Secret

A report on a meeting between North and South Korean representatives at Panmunjeom and an upcoming meeting between Prime Ministers of the two countries.

January 21, 1980

Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Berlin to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, January 21, 1980, 017019, Secret

A description of North Korea's stance towards solving the Korean reunification problem, especially in relation with foreign attention to domestic political issues of South …

January 20, 1980

Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, January 12, 1980, 057016, Secret

A description of North Korea's economic and industrial growth and its viewpoint on the assassination of South Korean President Park Chung Hee.

February 02, 1980

Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, February 2, 1980, 057040, Secret

North Korea is worried that its outreach to South Korea "didn't produce the anticipated response from the opposition in South Korea."

January 26, 1980

Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, January 16, 1980, 057022, Secret

A report on North Korea's increasing interest in restarting dialogue with South Korea, especially to address the Korean reunification issue.

January 21, 1980

Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, January 21, 1980, 057026, Secret

A summary of statements by Kim Je-sook, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Korea. Kim addresses the issue of restarting dialogue between North and South Korea in the …

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END OF THE COLD WAR

Documents on the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s.

SINO-SOVIET SPLIT, 1960-1984

Documents on the growing division and worsening relations between China and the Soviet Union following 1960.

SINO-JAPANESE RELATIONS

Once war time enemies, relations between China and Japan were often quite cordial during the Cold War.

VIETNAM WAR

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

NORTH KOREA AND THE AMERICAN RADICAL LEFT

In the midst of the diplomatic competition between the two Koreas, groups from the American radical left traveled to Pyongyang.

END OF THE COLD WAR

Documents on the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s.

SINO-SOVIET SPLIT, 1960-1984

Documents on the growing division and worsening relations between China and the Soviet Union following 1960.

SINO-JAPANESE RELATIONS

Once war time enemies, relations between China and Japan were often quite cordial during the Cold War.

VIETNAM WAR

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

NORTH KOREA AND THE AMERICAN RADICAL LEFT

In the midst of the diplomatic competition between the two Koreas, groups from the American radical left traveled to Pyongyang.

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. It collects the research of three Wilson Center projects which focus 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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FROM THE
WILSON CENTER

History of Vietnam's Southern Resistance

An online symposium reviewing the massive four volume collection Lịch sử Nam bộ kháng chiến (History of the Southern Resistance). Compiled and edited by a steering committee composed of high-ranking cadres and government officials, and a team of historians and party leaders, Lịch sử Nam bộ kháng chiến documents the resistance movement in South Vietnam from 1954 through 1975.

Negotiating Sino-Italian Normalization, 1968-1970

Enrico Fardella introduces Italian Foreign Ministry documents which provide an inside view of the Sino-Italian negotiations for diplomatic recognition in 1969 and 1970, and the influence of structural changes in the Cold War system on that process.

Sino-West German Relations during the Mao Era

Bernd Schaefer introduces newly translated documents from West German archives to explore the convergence of interests between Mao Zedong's China and politicians in West Germany in the 1970s.

The Fall of the Berlin Wall through German Eyes

The decades-long story of how German shame that the Berlin Wall ever stood gave way to German pride that the Berlin Wall came down.

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