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Soviet Union-North Korea Relations

This collection of documents is about the relationship between the Soviet Union and North Korea.

  • March 14, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 12 March 1958

    Park Gil-ryong informs Puzanov on the recent conference, in which Ri Sin-pal criticizes the work of the Ministry of Domestic and Foreign Trade, and consults Puzanov regarding his desires to return to the Soviet Union.

  • April 28, 1958

    From the Journal of Gromyko, Record of a Conversation with Ambassador Ri Sin-Pal of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

    Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrei Gromyko records that North Korea was eager to start a nuclear program, though they insisted it was for “peaceful purposes.” The North Korean Ambassador requested Soviet scientific aid and was informed by Gromyko that the request would “undoubtedly be considered in a favorable spirit.”

  • May 17, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A. M. Puzanov for 17 May 1958

    Nam Il learns that the Soviet government will receive a North Korean delegation to study the "use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes" while informing Puzanov of arrangements for representatives of the DPRK to attend party congresses in Eastern Europe.

  • May 28, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A. M. Puzanov for 28 May 1958

    Kim Il Sung praises the current state of Soviet-North Korean relations.

  • December 16, 1959

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

    Gábor Dobozi reports on a conversation he had about Soviet-North Korean relations, North Korea's economic policies and planning, inter-Korean relations, and North Korean media.

  • February 01, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 1 February 1960

    Nam Il and Puzanov discuss an incident involving Korean graduate student Ri Sang-un. Puznov expresses his desire to meet with Kim Il Sung.

  • February 09, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 9 February 1960

    Kim Il Sung and Puzanov review a memorandum of conversation between Nikita Khrushchev and Yugoslavia's Vukmanovic-Tempo.

  • May 02, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 2 May 1960

    Kim Il Sung and Puzanov discuss events in South Korea, North Korea's Seven-Year Plan, Soviet-Korean relations, and Kim's health problems.

  • June 12, 1960

    The Economic and Political Situation of the DPRK

    The memorandum elaborates on the rapid economic growth and development in domestic policies in the DPRK after the Korean War.

  • June 13, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 13-19 June 1960

    The Soviet Ambassador provides a list of the Korean comrades who accompanied Kim Il Sung to Moscow to meet with Cde. N. S. Khrushchev.

  • June 15, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 15 June 1960

    Khrushchev gives Kim Il Sung a copy of Mao Zedong's statements stemming from the 1956 August Incident and the joint Sino-Soviet intervention.

  • June 16, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 16 June 1960

    Kim Il Sung expressed indignation toward Mao Zedong after reading a statement alleging that Kim Il Sung is a traitor to the communist cause.

  • June 17, 1960

    Excerpts from V.P. Tkachenko 'The Korean Peninsula and Russia's Interests'

    A compilation of conversations between various officials from the USSR and DPRK in terms of the USSR-DPRK treaty and its implications on the US-ROK relationship.

  • June 18, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 18 June 1960

    Kim Il Sung repeatedly expresses his great satisfaction and gratitude for the conversation with N.S. Khrushchev, while criticizing China.

  • June 25, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 25 June 1960

    Kim Il Sung gathers senior North Korean officials to inform them of the results of his visit to Moscow, and vehemently criticizes Mao Zedong.

  • June 28, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 28 June 1960

    A. M. Puzanov met KWP CC Presidum members and Kim Chang-nam to share his impressions of Kim Il Sung's trip to Moscow.

  • June 29, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 29 June-21 July 1960

    Puzanov reports Kim Il Sung's reaction to the meeting with Khrushchev, while Khrushchev addresses Kim Il Sung's request for economic assistance.

  • July 02, 1960

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

    Károly Práth reports on North Korea's Seven-Year Plan, the difference in ideological views between the Chinese and Soviets, and Korea's relations with those two countries.

  • July 24, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 24-26 July 1960

    Kim Il Sung and Puzanov discuss Soviet-DPRK relations, a the proposed visit by Khrushchev to Korea, Sino-Soviet relations, the economic situation in North Korea, and North Korea's views on recent events in South Korea.

  • July 26, 1960

    Record of Conversation between the Czech Ambassador in the DPRK with the Soviet Ambassador

    A report on a meeting between Kim Il Sung and Nikita Khrushchev in which the two discussed Soviet aid to North Korea and the trilateral relations between China, the Soviet Union, and North Korea.