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South Korean Nuclear History

 A collection of primary source documents on South Korea's efforts to develop a domestic nuclear program for both energy and defense purposes in the 1970s.

  • February 10, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 10 February 1960

    Kim Il reports on food and oil supplies from the Soviet Union, the introduction of nuclear weapons to South Korea, and suggest concluding a treaty of alliance, friendship and mutual aid between the USSR and the DPRK.

  • March 22, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 22 March 1960

    Puzanov and Pak Seong-cheol comment on the introduction of nuclear weapons to South Korea by the United States.

  • November 14, 1974

    US National Security Council Memorandum, Sale of Canadian Nuclear Reactor to South Korea

    A National Security Council report on the potential sale of a Canadian CANDU nuclear reactor to South KOrea.

  • December 11, 1974

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Plans to Develop Nuclear Weapons and Missiles

    A telegram from the United States Secretary of State expressing concern over SOuth Korea's nuclear intentions.

  • February 04, 1975

    Us Department of State Memorandum, Sale of Rocket Propulsion Technology to South Korea

    The US Departments of State and Defense debate whether or not to sell rocket propulsion technology to South Korea in light of Park Chung Hee's alleged interest in developing nuclear weapons.

  • February 28, 1975

    US National Security Council Memorandum, Development of US Policy toward South Korean Development of Nuclear Weapons

    A memorandum produced for Henry Kissinger laying out U.S. policy towards the South Korean nuclear program.

  • March 03, 1975

    US National Security Council Memorandum, ROK Weapons Plans

    American officials in Washington, D.C., conclude that South Korea is in the initial stages of developing a nuclear weapons program.

  • March 04, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Plans to Develop Nuclear Weapons and Missiles

    American officials in Washington, D.C., conclude that South Korea is in the initial stages of developing a nuclear weapons program.

  • March 12, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Plans to Develop Nuclear Weapons and Missiles

    The U.S. Embassy in Seoul announces that "a more explicit course" is needed to effectively counter South Korea's nuclear ambitions.

  • June 30, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Plans

    A report on America's discussions with French and Canadian suppliers on the South Korean nuclear program, as well as on U.S. policy towards reprocessing in the ROK.

  • July 02, 1975

    US Department of State Memorandum, Approach to South Korea on Reprocessing

    A State Department report on possible U.S. approaches towards South Korea's nuclear reprocessing plans.

  • July 08, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, ROKG/Canadian Negotiations on Nuclear Energy

    The Canadian government informs the United States that will approach the South Korean government on the rumored sale of a French nuclear reprocessing plant.

  • July 08, 1975

    US National Security Council Memorandum, Approach to South Korea on Reprocessing

    South Korea's nuclear plans have reached a point where the U.S. State Department believes that the Embassy in Seoul must "approach the Koreans directly."

  • July 11, 1975

    Draft US Department of State Cable on Approach to South Korea on French Reprocessing Plant

    A follow up report for Henry Kissinger on the state of U.S. policy toward South Korea's purchase of a French reprocessing plant.

  • July 22, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Regional Fuel Reprocessing Plans

    The U.S. Embassy in Seoul seeks instructions on how to approach the South Korean government on atomic energy and the possibility of a regional reprocessing plant.

  • July 24, 1975

    US National Security Council Memorandum for Brent Scowcroft from John Marcum

    A cover letter attached to National Security Council memorandum on disuading South Korea from purchasing a French-built reprocessing plant.

  • August 26, 1975

    Memoranda of Conversations between James R. Schlesinger and Park Chung Hee and Suh Jyong-chul

    Several memoranda of conversations between U.S. Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger and Park Chung Hee and other leading South Korean officials.

  • September 08, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Nuclear Reprocessing

    U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Habib urges South Korea to cancel a planned purchase of a French reprocessing plant.

  • October 11, 1975

    Telegram from Washington to Bucharest, No. 075119

    Romanian diplomats report that Washington considers the situation in Korea to be very dangerous, that a withdrawal of U.S. ground forces from Korea could prompt South Korea to develop nuclear weapons, and that the Algerian-sponsored resolution in support of North Korea at the United Nations General Assembly is unacceptable.

  • October 31, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, ROKG Nuclear Reprocessing

    The U.S. Embassy in Seoul reports that the South Korean government continues to press forward on purchasing a French nuclear reprocessing plant.