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Inter-Korean Dialogue, 1971-1972

This collection consists of select South Korean, Romanian, (East) German, and Bulgarian archival documents on the inter-Korean dialogue in 1971 and 1972.

  • August 30, 1972

    Letters between Ahmet H. Ozbudun and C.V. Narasimhan

    Ozbudun sends Narasimhan a letter on guarantee for safety of visiting Red Cross groups by ROK and DPRK authorities, ROK Foreign Minister on unification and the United Nations General Assembly, and press release on UNCURK's report.

  • September, 1972

    Letter from Kim Il Sung to Nicolae Ceausescu

    Kim Il Sung summarizes the achievements towards national reunification through the July 4th Joint Statement and iinforms Ceausescu that he will be unable to visit Romania due to matters concerning internal affairs.

  • September 06, 1972

    Report from Szüts Pál, 'The visit of Korean first secretary Kim Yun-gil'

    A report by Szuts Pal on the meeting with North Korean first secretary Kim Yun-gil, about inviting the ambassador of Cyprus in New York to Pyongyang as well as about the Red Cross negotiations.

  • September 07, 1972

    Letters between Ahmet H. Ozbudun and C.V. Narasimhan

    Ozbudun sends Narasimhan a report on Korean Red Cross talks, detente and unification, remarks by the ROK Prime Minister, remarks by the ROK Foreign Minister, remarks by the ROK ambassador to the US on ROK troop withdrawal from Vietnam, India's stance on Korean debate, and new commander-in-chief of the UNC.

  • September 14, 1972

    Letters between Ahmet H. Ozbudun and C.V. Narasimhan

    Ozbudun sends Narasimhan a report on press release on UNCURK's report, North-South Red Cross talks, prospects for postponement, report on the UNC to the UN, military armistice commission, ROK troop withdrawal from Vietnam, US troop withdrawal from the ROK, and UNGA documentation on Korea.

  • September 15, 1972

    Report from Szüts Pál, 'Meeting with North Korean Ahn Gi-son'

    A report by Szutes Pal on the meeting with North Korean Ahn Gi-son concerning the UN General Assembly and the inter-Korean Red Cross negotiations.

  • September 15, 1972

    Note on Information Provided by Head of 1st Department of DPRK Foreign Ministry, Comrade Kim Jae-suk, about 1st Main Negotiation of Red Cross Committees from DPRK and South Korea on 12 September 1972

    The East Germany Embassy in Pyongyang reviews North Korea's stance on the Red Cross negotiations following the first session.

  • September 22, 1972

    Minutes of Conversation between Nicolae Ceaușescu and the Economic Delegation from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

    Nicolae Ceausescu meets with the head of the Korean delegation to Romania, Jeong Jun-taek, regarding the DPRK's efforts for peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula. They discuss at length the political situation of South Korea, the US and Japan's role, and end with negotiations on economic aid for the DPRK.

  • September 28, 1972

    Letters between Ahmet H. Ozbudun and C.V. Narasimhan

    Ozbudun sends Narasimhan a report on General Committee vote on Korean items.

  • October 12, 1972

    On Information Provided by Head of 1st Department of DPRK Foreign Ministry about the Second Main Negotiation of Red Cross Committees From DPRK and South Korea

    Kim Jae-suk discusses the objectives of the DPRK in the second round of Red Cross negotiations with South Korea.

  • October 19, 1972

    Information concerning the First Conference of the Committee on Regulation of the Issues between North and South Korea and the Announcement of Martial Law in South Korea

    Kim Jaebeon discusses the first conference of the co-chairs of the Committee on regulation of the issues between North and South Korea and the announcement of "martial law" in South Korea, deemed successful by the DPRK in its challenge against the South in regards to reunification and its anti-communist rhetoric.

  • October 23, 1972

    Note on Information Given by the 1st Deputy Foreign Minister of the DPRK, Comrade Kim Jae-bong, on 19 October 1972 in the DPRK Foreign Ministry for the Embassies of Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Mongolia, and the GDR

    Kim Jae-bong briefs communist diplomats about a meeting between the co-chairmen of the North-South Coordinating Committee and the declaration of emergency and martial law in South Korea.

  • October 24, 1972

    Note On a Conversation with the 1st Secretary of the USSR Embassy, Comrade Kurbatov, on 18 October 1972 in the GDR Embassy

    Merten summarizes a conversation with the first Secretary of the USSR Embassy, regarding the DPRK's reaction to the West German visit to China, and North-South relations with an emphasis on Park Chung Hee's motivations to bolster his position in negotiating with the North.

  • November 03, 1972

    Conversation between Lee Hu-rak and Kim Il Sung

    Kim Il Sung stresses the importance of reunification through the formation of the coordinating committee and emphasizes the role inter-Korean economic cooperation in facilitating dialogue.

  • November 08, 1972

    Note on Information by the Head of the 1st Department of the DPRK Foreign Ministry, Comrade Kim Jae-suk, on 31 October 1972 for Ambassadors and Acting Ambassadors of the GDR, Czechoslovakia, and Bulgaria

    Kim Jae-suk provides a brief on the Third Main Negotiation of the Red Cross talks between North and South Korea, noting South Korea's position and its delegates' behavior.

  • November 09, 1972

    Note on Information by DPRK Deputy Foreign Minister Comrade Ri Man-seok on 8 November 1972 for the Ambassadors of Czechoslovakia and Poland and the Acting Ambassadors of the GDR in the Foreign Ministry

    Ri Man-seok discusses the development of diplomatic, political, and military relations between the two Koreas.

  • December 01, 1972

    Note on Information by DPRK Deputy Foreign Minister Comrade Ri Man-seok on 28 November 1972 for the Ambassadors and Acting Ambassadors of Poland, Czechoslovakia and the GDR between 1200 and 1330 hours in the Foreign Ministry

    Ri Man-seok provides a brief on the fourth session of Red Cross negotiations held in Seoul and the domestic political situation of South Korea under the Park Chung Hee regime.

  • December 06, 1972

    Letters between Ahmet H. Ozbudun and C.V. Narasimhan

    Ozbudun sends Narasimhan a letter reporting on North-South Co-ordinating Committee, forthcoming elections, and next session of UNCURK.

  • December 12, 1972

    Note on Information by DPRK Deputy Foreign Minister Comrade Ri Jong-mok on 9 December 1972 for the Ambassadors and Acting Ambassadors of Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, and the GDR between 1000 and 1125 hours

    Ri Jong-mok reports on the third meeting of the Joint Chairmen of the Coordination Committee and on the first Session of the North-South Coordinating Committee in Seoul.

  • March 20, 1973

    Tenth Meeting between Delegates of North Korea and South Korea

    The DPRK delegation informs the ROK delegation that North Korea agrees with holding inter-Korean discussions among high-level officials.