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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.

  • December 06, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Nuclear Reprocessing

    The US Ambassador to Korea Richard Sneider reports that he will meet with the South Korean Prime Minister.

  • December 10, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Nuclear Reprocessing

    The U.S. Ambassador to Korea Richard Sneider reports that he informed the South Korean Deputy Prime Minister of the "very adverse implications" of South Korea's planned purchase of a French reprocessing plant.

  • December 10, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Nuclear Reprocessing

    The U.S. Ambassador to Korea Richard Sneider outlines follow up approaches in U.S. policy toward South Korea's planned purchase of a French reprocessing plant.

  • December 11, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, British Embassy Approach on KORI II

    The U.S. Embassy in Seoul outlines Britain's approach toward South Korea's nuclear program.

  • December 12, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, Korean Reprocessing

    The Acting Secretary of State met with South Korean Ambassador Hahm to discuss South Korea's nuclear program and planned purchase of a French reprocessing plant.

  • December 16, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Nuclear Reprocessing; Canadian Approach

    A heavily redacted cable from U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Richard Sneider on the South Korean nuclear program.

  • December 16, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Nuclear Reprocessing

    The U.S. Embassy in Seoul reports on a meeting held between Ambassador Sneider annd Yi Chong-sok and Yun Yong-ku on South Korea's planned purchase of a French reprocessing plant.

  • January 05, 1976

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Nuclear Reprocessing

    The American Ambassador to Korea voices his opinion that the U.S. can discourage the SOuth Korean nuclear program while avoiding confrontation and a "humiliating loss of face and prestige" for Park Chung Hee.

  • January 14, 1976

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Reprocessing Plant

    A heavily redacted report on the U.S.-Canadian consensus that South Korea should not be able to obtain a nuclear weapons capability.

  • January 14, 1976

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Nuclear Reprocessing

    The American Ambassador to Korea reports on progress in convincing the South Korean government to abandon its plans to purchase a French reprocessing plant.

  • March 20, 1976

    Telegram from Dacca to Bucharest, SECRET, Regular, No. 030.602

    The Embassy of Romania in Dacca summarizes Korean unification efforts based on information provided by North Korean diplomats in Bangladesh.

  • April 14, 1976

    Telegram from Washington to Bucharest, SECRET, Regular, No. 083.895

    The Embassy of Romania in Washington, D.C., conveys the remarks of Robert Martens, Head of Regional Affairs within the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs from the Department of State, on developments in Korea.

  • August 31, 1976

    Memorandum, Hungarian National Commission of Atomic Energy to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    The DPRK Delegation to the IAEA expresses concern to the Hungarian Embassy about plans to build a regional reprocessing plant in South Korea and urges it to be moved to the Philippines.

  • December 12, 1976

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Nuclear Reprocessing

    A heavily redacted report on joint U.S.-Canadian coordination vis-a-vis the South Korean nuclear program.

  • February 23, 1979

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

    The Hungarian Ambassador in North Korea reports on the construction of the Kori Nuclear Power Plant in South Korea, highlighting that South Korea's projected power output would eventually surpass North Korea's by three-fold. As a result, North Korea was anxious to build its own nuclear power plant and perhaps even an atomic bomb.

  • May 22, 1979

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

    The Hungarian Embassy in North Korea reports on South Korea's nuclear capabilities and technology, as reported by the Washington Post.