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Inter-Korean Dialogue, 1977-1980

 A collection of primary source documents obtained from the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Romanian archives on efforts to revive the inter-Korean dialogue and to begin a trilateral dialogue between the U.S., South Korea, and North Korea from 1977 through 1980.

  • September 21, 1976

    Analysis on the Suggestion of the US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger for Holding 4-Party Talks

    Park Tong-Jin and Philip Habib discuss the proposal for four-party talks involving North Korea, South Korea, the United States, and China.

  • February 28, 1977

    US National Security Council Memorandum, 'Contacts and Communications with North Korea'

    Mike Armacost weighs in on North Korea's policy toward the United States, and whether Cyrus Vance ought to reply to a letter from North Korean Foreign Minister Heo Dam.

  • March 10, 1977

    US Presidential Memorandum, Jimmy Carter Administration, North Korean Proposal for Discussions of Reunification with South Korea

    Zbigniew Brezinski rejects North Korea's proposals for talks with representatives from South Korea as of limited significance.

  • March 21, 1977

    Telegram 084354 from the Romanian Embassy in Washington, DC, to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Romanian Embassy in Washington, DC reports to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on South Korean consultation with the United States on the Korean issue.

  • March 22, 1977

    Telegram 01/02585 from the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang

    The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang of the US's commitment to maintain strategic and military balance in the Korean Peninsula, and its continued insistence on South Korean participation in negotiations with the DPRK.

  • July 07, 1977

    Telegram 066669 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang reports to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the contents of Yang Hyeong-sop's speech on the 5th anniversary of the North-South Joing Communique of 1972. The DPRK supports complete US troop withdrawal from Korea and states its conditions for dialogue with South Korea.

  • July 19, 1977

    Telegram 066678 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, US Helicopter Incident on July 14

    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang reports to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the remarkably balanced DPRK coverage of the US helicopter incident of July 14. The Romanian Embassy interprets this as a reflection of North Korea's desire to initiate dialogue with the US.

  • July 26, 1977

    US Presidential Memorandum, Jimmy Carter Administration, Talks between North Korea and South Korea

    The Jimmy Carter administration attempts to develop a diplomatic strategy for inter-Korean talks in the wake of anticipated U.S. troop withdrawals.

  • July 30, 1977

    Telegram 066688 the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang reports to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the DPRK's concern over US-ROK agreements and the US's insistence on maintaining military balance on the Korean peninsula through a gradual withdrawal.

  • August 05, 1977

    US Presidential Memorandum, Jimmy Carter Administration, Talks between North Korea and South Korea

    Zbiginew Brzezinski offers instructions on how best to coordinate tripartite talks between North Korea, South Korea, and the United States, including how the U.S. should work with China, the Soviet Union, and the United Nations on this issue.

  • August 09, 1977

    Telegram 085068 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang reports to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on US-ROK relations and the DPRK's desire for bilateral exchange with the US, which the US administration is unwilling to engage in without North Korea's inclusion of South Korea in future interaction. The US State Department's perspective of the DPRK is also noted.

  • August 18, 1977

    Telegram 085099 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang reports to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on North Korea's efforts to engage the US in bilateral meetings and reiterate resolutions at the next UN General Assembly. It also describes the US administration as reluctant to avoid tensions on the Korean peninsula.

  • August 29, 1977

    US Presidential Memorandum, Jimmy Carter Administration,South Korea/North Korea: Efforts toward Dialogue

    Zbigniew Brzezinski reports that Park Chung Hee is interested in reviving talks between North Korea and South Korea and that the United States should also support an inter-Korean dialogue.

  • September 02, 1977

    US Presidential Memorandum, Jimmy Carter Administration, Efforts to Promote a Dialogue between South and North

    The U.S. Department of State reports on discussions with China and efforts made to encourage the resumption of a dialogue between North Korea and South Korea.

  • September 24, 1977

    Telegram 066738 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang reports to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Heo Dam's planned visit to New York, possibly to counter South Korea's diplomatic efforts there. It also notes speculation on a change in US position towards the DPRK, which the Romanian Embassy finds unfounded.

  • April 04, 1978

    Note of Audience of N. Ceausescu with the Ambassador of DRPK in Bucharest

    The North Korean ambassador conveys to N. Ceausescu a gratitude message from Kim Il Sung regarding the Romanian leader’s willingness to discuss the Korean problem during his visit in the United States.

  • April 04, 1978

    TELEGRAM 066.519 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    According to the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang, South Koreans are unhappy that the US intervenes in the internal affairs of the ROK.

  • May 17, 1978

    TELEGRAM 084.650 from the Romanian Embassy in Washington to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    David Blakemore mentions delays in the withdrawal of US troops, congressional investigations of illegal ROK activities in the US, and human rights issue in the ROK.

  • August 31, 1978

    Record of Conversation with H.E. Mr. William H. Gleysteen, Jr.

    Ambassadors Gleysteen and Miller discuss relations between North Korea and South Korea and the regional situation in Northeast Asia in 1978.

  • 1979

    US National Security Council Cable, Korea Trilateral -- Response to Foreign Ministry Dialogue

    The National Security Council outlines it views of tripartite talks involving North Korea, South Korea, and the United States.