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The "Second" Korean War, 1967-1969

From 1966 through 1969, a series of military clashes taking place along the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North Korean forces and South Korean and US troops threatened the drag the Korean Peninsula into another period of open hostility. See also, the Korean War. (Image, North Korean commando captured during the Blue House Raid, 1968)

  • May, 1965

    On the Development of Situation in the DPRK in May 1965

    The Czechoslovak Ambassador to North Korea assesses North Korea's foreign policy toward the Third World, relations with China and the Soviet Union, and military policy in 1965.

  • December 12, 1966

    Letter from GDR Embassy in the DPRK to State Secretary Hegen

    Horst Brie reports on war preparations inside of North Korea.

  • January 20, 1967

    Record of Conversation between N.V. Podgorny and Ambassador of the DPRK in the USSR Kim Chunbong

    Record of Conversation between N.V. Podgorny and Ambassador of the DPRK in the USSR Kim Chunbong in which the two discuss the state of Soviet-North Korean relations, the Vietnam War, the situation in the Demilitarized Zone, and North Korea's relations with China.

  • March 07, 1967

    The DPRK Attitude Toward the So-called 'Cultural Revolution' in China

    The Soviet Embassy reports on the deterioration of Chinese-North Korean relations as a result of the Cultural Revolution in China.

  • March 10, 1967

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

    A Hungarian report on the state of the Korean People's Army and the South Korean Army.

  • March 14, 1967

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No.76.091, TOP SECRET, March 14, 1967

    A record of conversation with the head of the External Relations Section of the 'Rodong Sinmun' discussing North Korea's reunification policy.

  • March 15, 1967

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No.76.093, TOP SECRET, March 15, 1967

    Ionescu Teofil and Huang Mîoi discuss a forthcoming ‘great revolutionary event’ in North Korea.

  • March 28, 1967

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No.76.108, TOP SECRET, March 28, 1967

    Ionescu Teofil and the Soviet Minister-Counselor in Pyongyang discuss the reasoning behind the "forthcoming revolutionary event" in North Korea.

  • April 07, 1967

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No.14.213, TOP SECRET, April 7, 1967

    Ionescu Teofil and the Chinese counselor in Pyongyang discuss the "great revolutionary event" in North Korea and the state of play in Sino-North Korean relations.

  • April 14, 1967

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No.73.130, TOP SECRET, April 14, 1967

    A report on the tensions provoked resulting from incidents near the 38th parallel.

  • April 15, 1967

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No.76.134, TOP SECRET, April 15, 1967

    An analysis of the causes of the incidents on the 38th parallel by delegates to the Neutral Nations Supervisory Comission.

  • April 18, 1967

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No.76137, TOP SECRET, April 18, 1967

    The remarks of a Vietnamese diplomat on the incidents between South and North Korea, who explains that the South and North exploit tensions for their own political agendas.

  • May 08, 1967

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

    A report on Romanian, Czech, and Hungarian views of the Korean People's Army, military relations between North Korea and the Soviet Union, and North Korea's military policy.

  • May 13, 1967

    Memorandum on Audience for Comrades Heintze and Breitenstein with Comrade Pak Seong-cheol

    Based on remarks made by Kim Il Sung, Pak Seong-cheol discusses North Korea's military policy, relations with the United States, the Vietnam War, and the state of the communist bloc.

  • July 18, 1967

    Memorandum on a Meeting with a Delegation from the Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK on 3 July 1967

    A memorandum of conversation between Ri Yeong-ho and Hermann Matern in which two discuss bilateral relations, East Germany's domestic and foreign policy, North Korea's foreign policy, incidents in the Demilitarized Zone, and North Korea's military policy.

  • November 13, 1967

    50th Anniversary of the October Revolution in the DPRK

    The East Germany Embassy reports that "relations between DPRK and PRC are also tense and a source of concern for the Korean comrades."

  • November 25, 1967

    Report, Embassy of Hungary in the Soviet Union to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    The Hungarian Embassy in the Soviet Union reports that Sino-Korean relations continue to deteriorate, along with the capabilities of the Korean People's Army.

  • December 08, 1967

    Letter from Ambassador Brie of the GDR in the DPRK to Deputy MFA Hegen

    East German Ambassador to North Korea Horst Brie reports on the growing number of incidents at the Demilitarized Zone between North Korean forces and South Korean and U.S. forces. Brie offers his own analysis of the military situation in Korea while highlighting the different views of officials from Czechoslovakia and Poland.

  • December 22, 1967

    Letter from GDR Embassy in the DPRK to State Secretary Hegen

    The German Ambassador in the DPRK discusses domestic and foreign policy developments within the DPRK, including the cult of personality of Kim Il Sung and North Korea's relationship with China.

  • January 05, 1968

    Memorandum on Two Informational Reports from the GDR Embassy in the DPRK, Pyongyang

    Ambassador Herrmann explains that the population in Pyongyang is being reduced while other restrictions are being placed upon the North Korean population owing to the tense military situation on the Korean Peninsula.