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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • May 18, 1978

    Letter to Park Chung Hee from Jimmy Carter

    President Park sent a letter to President Carter, asking for help to reduce tensions on the peninsula and facilitate the resumption of a serious North-South dialogue.

  • June 01, 1978

    Telegram from the Secretary of State to the American Embassy in Seoul, 'Dr. Brzezinski’s Meeting with President Park'

    Brzezinski briefed President Park on two exchanges with the Chinese leaders. They mainly talked about whether the Chinese leaders behave as spokesmen for Kim Il Sung or not.

  • 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.

  • September 28, 1978

    Memorandum for Zbigniew Brzezinski from Nick Platt, 'Your Appointment with Korean Foreign Minister Park Tong-chin September 29'

    Platt recommended Brzezinski to welcome President Park with the following talking points; authorization for transfer of $800 million in military equipment to Korea and the visit of Defense Secretary to the ROK. He also mentioned some difficulties including Koreagate and Kim Tae-Jung in custody.

  • 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.

  • January 25, 1979

    US National Security Council Memorandum, Seoul's Response to Pyongyang

    The National Security Council positively asseses North Korea's proposal for talks with South Korea.

  • January 28, 1979

    US Secretary of State Memorandum, Prospects for Intra-Korean Dialogue

    Cyrus Vance outlines the prospects for a new round of dialogue between North Korea and South Korea, as well as how the United States and China should encourage such a dialogue.

  • March 09, 1979

    US Department of State Cable, North/South Korean Talks

    U.S. Ambassador William Gleysteen reports on his attempts to reassure South Korea that the United States would not engage in talks directly with North Korea.

  • May, 1979

    Korea Status Report

    Korea status report on inter-Korean talks, Ping-pong Diplomacy, and its prospects.

  • May 02, 1979

    Main Points of the Talks with Foreign Minister Ho Dam of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on 2 May 1979

    Kurt Waldheim and Heo Dam discuss the Korean armistice and the possibilities for dialogue between the two Koreas.

  • May 21, 1979

    Notes on a Meeting in Seoul on 5 May 1979, 10:30 – 12:30 AM

    Kurt Waldheim and Park Chung Hee discuss the Secretary General's recent trip to Pyongyang and conversation with Kim Il Sung, as well as the possibilities for dialogue between North Korea, South Korea, and the United States.

  • June 01, 1979

    US Department of State Cable, Coordination of Initiative with President Park to Reduce Tensions on the Korean Peninsula

    Warren Christopher reports that Jimmy Carter would like to push for tripartite talks between the U.S., South Korea, and North Korea, and instructs the Ambassador in Seoul to approach the South Korean leadership on this matter.

  • June 01, 1979

    Telegram from the Secretary of State to the American Embassy in Seoul, 'Coordination of Initiative with President Park to Reduce Tensions on the Korean Peninsula'

    Secretary of the State Cyrus Vance sent a message to the US embassy in Seoul to inform President Park of the importance with which President Carter views his forthcoming discussions.

  • June 04, 1979

    US Department of State Cable, Coordination of Initiative with President Park to Reduce Tensions on the Korean Peninsula

    U.S. Ambassador to Korea William Gleysteen reports on his meeting with Park Chung Hee about the possibility of triparite talks taking place between the U.S., South Korea, and North Korea.

  • June 07, 1979

    Plan of Response to the US Proposal for Three-Way Talks

    Analysis on problems of the US proposal for three-way talks and plan of alternative suggestion by ROK government.

  • June 08, 1979

    Memorandum for Zbigniew Brzezinski from Nick Platt, 'PRC Meeting on PRM-45 Thursday, June 7, 1979,’ June 6, 1979, and Policy Review Committee, "Korea"'

    Brzezinski sent a summary of the PRC meeting, including a discussion on the inter-relationship between troop withdrauwl policy and human rights issues in South Korea.

  • June 12, 1979

    US Department of State Cable, Korea Trilateral -- Response to Foreign Ministry Dialogue

    Cyrus Vance authorizes William Gleysteen to report to the South Koreans on the proposed tripartite talks between the U.S., South Korea, and North Korea.