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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.

  • June 13, 1979

    US Department of State Cable, Korea Trilateral - Further Discussion with Foreign Minister

    Ambassador Gleysteen reports a meeting in which he broached the idea of tripartite talks taking place between the U.S., South Korea, and North Korea.

  • June 19, 1979

    ROK’s Position Regarding the Trilateral Meeting (Draft Plan)

    Guidelines to the Ambassador to the US when opening negotiations with the US regarding trilateral meeting during President Jimmy Carter's visit.

  • June 29, 1979

    US Department of State Cable, Request for Indonesian Good Offices to Facilitate ROK and US Discussions with North Korea

    Cyrus Vance reveals that Jimmy Carter and Park Chung Hee hope to rely upon Indonesia to facilitate a tripartite dialogue between the U.S., South Korea, and North Korea.

  • June 30, 1979

    US Department of State Cable, Presidential Message

    Jimmy Carter writes to Suharto on Indonesia's offer to facilitate a tripartite dialogue between the U.S., North Korea, and South Korea.

  • June 30, 1979

    Telegram from the US Delegation/Secretary in Seoul to the American Embassy in Jakarta, 'Presidential Message'

    US Embassy in Seoul sent a message to President Carter with thanks for his help to make Indonesia available to facilitate a meeting between North Korea, South Korea, and the United States.

  • July 01, 1979

    US Department of State Cable, Formal ROK-US Communication to North Korea

    Ambassador Gleysteen reports on the prospects of relying on Indonesia to facilitate a tripartite dialogue between the U.S., South Korea, and North Korea.

  • July 03, 1979

    Interoffice Memorandum from Ellen Lukas to the Office of the Secretary-General, 'North Korea Denounced US-South Korea Communique Calling for Trilateral Talks on Reunification'

    Han Si-hae and Secretary General Kurt Waldheim discuss the dialogue initiative involving the US, North Korea, and South Korea, and the role of the United Nations in facilitating such discussions.

  • July 10, 1979

    Statement of the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces a proposal to renew dialogue and discussion between the two Koreas and the United States.

  • July 16, 1979

    Letter from J. Perez de Cuellar to the Secretary-General

    J. Perez de Cuellar describes his recent conversations with the Permanent Observers from North Korea and South Korea on the possibility for a new round of dialogue between the two Koreas.

  • August 27, 1979

    Interoffice Memorandum from Javier Pérez de Cuéllar to the Secretary-General, 'Korea'

    Javier Pérez de Cuéllar describes efforts to revive dialogue between the two Koreas in the aftermath of US President Carter's trip to Korea.

  • October 26, 1979

    US National Security Council Memorandum, Talks with the ROK on Contacts with North Korea

    Nick Platt reports on his efforts to coordinate tripartite talks with South Korea and North Korea.