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Inter-Korean Relations

This collection of documents is about the relationship between North Korea and South Korea and the efforts made by both countries to achieve the reunification of Korea.

  • May 28, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 28 May 1957

    Nam Il and Puzanov object to American efforts to legitimize the military fortification of South Korea by changing Article 13 of the Armistice agreement. Nam Il also requests consultation for the DPRK draft of its first five-year plan. Later, Puzanov meets with PNR Ambassador Siedlecki, who discusses the Neutral Commission's perspective on the US proposal to change the Armistice.

  • June 04, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 4 June 1957

    Puzanov and Nam Il agree on the need to object to a potential US proposal to modify Article 13 of the Armistice agreement. Nam Il also hints at the desire for Chinese troops to withdraw from the DPRK and expresses the KWP Presidium's concern regarding the issue of the KWP CC premier.

  • June 11, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 11 June 1957

    Nam Il invites the Ambassadors of the USSR, China, Czechoslovakia, and Poland to seek consensus on holding an unofficial conference that clarifies positions against potential US efforts to change Article 13 of the Armistice agreement.

  • July 08, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 8 July 1957

    Kim Il Sung and Puzanov discuss a meeting with representatives of the CPSU CC and SKYu CC, the American violation of the Korean Armistice agreement, and the Korean people's mixed reactions to the CPSU CC Plenum's June decision to expose factionalists and consolidate the party.

  • July 26, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 26-28 July 1957

    Kim Il Sung and Nam Il inform Puzanov of the Korean delegation's progress in evaluating the draft of the DPRK's first five-year plan in the USSR. Then they discuss North Korean corn yields, USSR timber harvests for North Korea, and South Korea. Later, Nam Il informs Puzanov of internal matters of the KWP CC.

  • August 22, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 22 August 1957

    Puzanov and Pak Ui-wan discuss the construction of the Soviet Embassy in North Korea, the KWP CC leadership's suspicions against factionalists, and Pak Ui-wan's efforts to clear himself of suspicion. Later, Puzanov meets with Nam Il and discusses railroad construction, the second session of the World Meteorological Organization, settling citizenship issues, and the sale of goods for agricultural products from collective farms in the Soviet Union.

  • October 07, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 7 October 1957

    Nam Il comments on the murder of South Korean citizens by American soldiers and on North Korea's relations with China and the Soviet Union.

  • October 12, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 12 October 1957

    Puzanov reports on Nam Il's interest in reporting the murder of South Korean citizens by American soldiers to the United Nations.

  • November 08, 1957

    CDS Report No. 62 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin announces the denial of South Korea's admittance into the Colombo Plan, offers his opinions on the threat of Red China's interference in Asia, and reports on major events in South Vietnam.

  • 1958

    Reports on the DPRK Ambassador's Visits to Prague at the Foreign Ministry

    A compilation of reports on the DPRK's efforts to gain support from other countries at the United Nations, among other issues.

  • February 26, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 26 February 1958

    Puzanov discusses with Nam Il and Kim Il Sung about the US and FRG statements to return two American and two FRG citizens who were on the aircraft which flew into DPRK from South Korea on February 16 and preparations for the DPRK response.

  • February 28, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 28 February 1958

    Puzanov and Nam Il discuss the DPRK MFA statement about the return of passengers who were on the aircraft which flew into the DPRK from South Korea on Feburary 16.

  • March 15, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 15 March 1958

    Nam Il informs Puzanov that DPRK seeks to further strengthen ties with other socialist states and establish relations with the some non-socialist states including UAE, Indonesia, Ceylon, India, Burma, and Japan.

  • May 02, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A. M. Puzanov for 2 May 1958

    Kim Il Sung describes the seizure of South Korean fishing boats and how the fishermenw ere brought to Pyongyang for a May Day demonstration.

  • June 03, 1958

    From the Journal of N.T. Fedorenko, Reception of DPRK Ambassador in the USSR Ri San-pal

    Ri San-pal responds to Senator Mike Mansfield's comments on inter-Korean relations and briefs N.T. Federenko on North Korea's diplomatic relations with Eygpt.

  • June 17, 1958

    From the Journal of M.S. Kapitsa, Record of Conversation with Counselor of the DPRK Embassy in Moscow Cde. Pak Deok-hwan

    Pak Deok-hwan and M.S. Kapitsa review Soviet strategies to discuss the Korean issue at the 13th United Nations General Assembly. Kapitsa also informs Pak of the repatriation of ethnic Koreans from the Soviet Union to the DPRK.

  • August 21, 1958

    Record of a Conversation with Deputy Chairman of the KWP CC Cde. Pak Jeong-ae

    V. Pelishenko recounts a meeting with Pak Jeong-ae in which the two discussed inter-Korean relations and North Korean economic planning.

  • May 26, 1959

    Note about a Conversation between the DPRK Ambassador in Berlin Comrade Pak Il-yeong and Comrades Kohrt and Demel on 26 May 1959 at 1500 hours

    Discussion on organizational problems with South Korean students in western countries, who intend to live in North Korea, and about German reunifcation.

  • June 03, 1959

    Letter to Walter Ulbricht on South Korean Students Living in Germany

    Letter about South Korean Students in FRG who want to visit DPRK

  • September 10, 1959

    Report, Embassy of Hungary in North Korea to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    Hungarian Ambassador Karoly Prath summarizes a conversation about the timing of the reunification of Korea.