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United States-North Korea Relations

 A collection of primary source documents on the history of North Korea's relations with the United States. Often characterized by enmity and hostility, the collection also contains evidence on several efforts to improve relations between North Korea and the United States.

  • February 07, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 061.041

    Based on Yugoslavian sources, a Romanian diplomat reports that Kim Yeong-ju may have met Henry Kissinger and Lee Hu-rak in Paris for discussions on U.S.-DPRK and inter-Korean relations respectively.

  • February 13, 1973

    Telegram from Beijing to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 059.139

    Gavrilescu speculates the possibilities that DPRK Foreign Minister Heo Dam meets Kissinger as well as that the inter-Korean conflict is raised as a major issue in Sino-American negotiations.

  • March 09, 1973

    Meeting Minutes between Director Kim and Counselor Pierce

    Director Kim and Counselor Pierce discuss about the visit of U.S. officials to Seoul and a clash along the DMZ.

  • May 05, 1973

    Telegram from the First Directorate to Washington, DC, No.01/04493

    North Korea asks Romania to forward a letter to the president of the US Senate, Spiro T. Agnew, and separately, the Speaker of the House, Carl Albert. The letter, adopted by the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly, will request the US to withdraw its forces from the Korean Peninsula, terminate military aid to South Korea, and dismantle the UN Commission for the Unification and Reconstruction of Korea.

  • June 07, 1973

    Telegram from Washington, DC, No.084.504, Urgent, SECRET

    Romanian official in the US warns Bucharest that relaying the letter from the DPRK to US public officials in the manner requested by Pyongyang may damage Romanian relations with the US. The official recommends a more normal procedure recommended to him by US officials and suggests convincing the North Koreans to follow a different method of sending its message to US congress.

  • June 16, 1973

    Telegram to Pyongyang from First Directorate, SECRET, No. 01/08463, Flash

    Romanian officials relay the message from UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim regarding permanent observers from the DPRK to the UN. The telegram notes that Waldheim will offer his support to the North Korean observers and that obtaining visas to the US will not be difficult.

  • June 19, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang , No.061.240, Urgent, SECRET

    The North Koreans follow Romanian advice and allow the submission of their letter to Congress through the US State Department.

  • June 26, 1973

    Telegram from Washington, DC, No.084.605, Urgent, SECRET

    Romanian officials in Washington report that they submitted the letter from the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, intended for the US congress, to the US State Department. The US official in contact with the Romanians described North Korea's attitudes towards the joint accession of the two Koreas to the UN as unrealistic.

  • March 24, 1974

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 060.127

    In the aftermath of the failed inter-Korean dialogues, the North Koreans conclude that they must establish diplomatic relations with the United States. The telegram describes the rationale behind the move and the goal of limiting the interference of the United States on the Korean Peninsula. According to the author, North Korea believes that the rejection of the US to establish relations with the DPRK will expose Washington's opposition to the unification of Korea.

  • April 22, 1974

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 060.180

    Heo Dam seeks to replace the armistice with a peace treaty and establish direct contact with the United States to remove American troops from the peninsula.

  • May 08, 1974

    Telegram from Washington to Bucharest, SECRET, No. 78.028

    The Romanian representative in Washington note the delivery of the North Korean message to the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs. The telegram notes that the US State Department does not wish this kind of communication between Pyongyang and Washington to be permanent.

  • May 13, 1974

    Letter from Government of North Korea

    Letter from The Supreme People’s Assembly of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the U.S. Senate formally proposing that talks be held for the conclusion of a peace agreement between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the United States of America.

  • September 07, 1974

    Telegram from the South Korean Ambassador to the United States Regarding US Travel Restrictions to North Korea

    The South Korean Ambassador to the United States of America reports to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on South Korean efforts to request that the US continues its travel restrictions to North Korea. Although a US Department of State representative explains the possibility of lifting such measures for North Korea along with those of Cuba and Vietnam, South Korea remains adamant in insisting the extension of travel restrictions.

  • October 23, 1975

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No. 059.298

    Pope discusses DPRK representatives' attempt to establish contacts with Henry Kissinger via China as Heo Dam is scheduled to meet Henry Kissinger after the latter's visit to Beijing.

  • December 16, 1975

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No. 059.349

    Nanu discusses the focus that US and PRC places on the tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The US refuses to withdraw its forces from the peninsula and instead proposes an international reunion to discuss the issue while China supports a direct bilateral meeting between the DPRK and the US.

  • February 28, 1976

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 067.043

    The Embassy of Romania in Pyongyang summarizes North Korea's response to the introduction of F-111 bombers to South Korea based on comments from the Press Department of the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • August 20, 1976

    Telegram from New York to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 060.387

    The Romanian Mission to the United Nations in New York reports on developments related to the Panmunjeom or "Axe Murder" Incident at the UN.

  • August 21, 1976

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 067.212

    The Embassy of Romania in Pyongyang reports on the Panmunjeom or "Axe Murder" Incident of August 1976.

  • August 25, 1976

    Telegram from Beijing to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 066.252

    The Embassy of Romania in Beijing assess the Chinese response to the Panmunjeom or "Axe Murder" Incident of August 1976.

  • August 25, 1976

    Telegram from Washington to Bucharest, SECRET, Flash, No. 084.527

    The Embassy of Romania in Washington, D.C., assesses the United States response to the Panmunjeom or "Axe Murder" Incident of August 1976.