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Korea at the United Nations

 Until 1991, the United Nations was a key battleground in the inter-Korean struggle for legitimacy and global recognition.

  • March 27, 1970

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Legal Counselor Stavropoulos

    Principal Secretary of UNCURK Zouheir Kuzbari asks Legal Counselor C.A. Stavropoulos about submitting UNCURK report to the General Assembly only when the Korean question is debated.

  • September 08, 1970

    Letter, DPRK Minister of Foreign Affairs Heo Dam, Concerning Transmission of DPRK Memorandum

    C.A. Stavropoulos considers the options available for transmitting the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs' memorandum on "U.S. Imperialists' Aggressive Crimes in Korea."

  • September 18, 1970

    DPRK Memorandum on 'US Imperialists' Aggressive Crimes in Korea'

    Minster of Foreign Affairs Heo Dam transmits the 1970 June 22 memorandum on the "US Imperialists' Aggressive Crimes in Korea." The memorandum outlines DPRK grievances against the United States and demands the withdrawal of US military assistance from the ROK.

  • October 26, 1970

    Cable, DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Statement Concerning Korean Question Discussions

    The DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement arguing for the unconditional participation of a DPRK representative in United Nations discussions of the Korean question.

  • November 13, 1970

    Report, UN Department of Political and Security Council Affairs, 'Chile, UNCURK, and the UN Stand on the Korean Question'

    The Department of Political and Security Affairs releases their prospects and suggestions on "Chile, UNCURK, and the UN Stand on the Korean Question." Considering the Marxist administration in Chile, the document outlines Chile's participation in UNCURK and potential solutions to remedy.

  • November 23, 1971

    Letters between Narasimhan and Ozbudun

    Ozbudun updates Narasimhan on domestic and international affairs in ROK. The 9th preliminary Red Cross talks made no progress. The ROK government worries that PRC's entry in the UN will affect the UN Korean question discussion. A Russian reporter may visit Seoul to sound out potential trade relations. Japan decides to forgo trade and banking relations with North Korea.

  • November 29, 1971

    Letter, Ozbudun to Narasimhan

    In connection with the issue of two Chinas in the UN, Kim Dae Jung proposes an ROK national effort toward national unification by precluding war and consideration of simultaneous entry of the two Koreas into the UN.

  • December 01, 1971

    Letters between Narasimhan and Ozbudun

    Ozbudun updates Narasimhan on the proposal of an agenda for full Red Cross negotiations, the ROK government's willingness to establish diplomatic relations with non-aligned countries that have relations with North Korea, and UNCURK's invitation to meet with the NNCS.

  • January 20, 1972

    Letters between Narasimhan and Ozbudun

    Updates concerning Park Chung Hee's New Years speech on peaceful unification, Red Cross negotiations, and ROK refusal of dual admission of the Koreas into the UN, and the 14th preliminary North-South Red Cross negotiations.

  • February 04, 1972

    Report by Dr. Pataki János, 'The visit of Korean councilor Ahn Gi-son'

    A report from Dr.Pataki Janos on the visit of North Korean councilor Ahn Gi-Son, and their discussion of North Korea’s views on various UN issues.

  • February 14, 1972

    Minutes of Conversation between N. Ceausescu and Heo Dam, Minister of Foreign Affairs of DPRK

    Heo Dam asks for Romania’s support to bring the Korean issue onto the UN agenda and to hinder South Korea's efforts to develop relations with communist countries.

  • February 23, 1972

    Letters between Ahmet H. Ozbudun and C.V. Narasimhan

    Ozbudun sends Narasimhan a letter on the 19th ROK-DPRK Red Cross preliminary meeting, the first session of the Commission for 1972, a briefing for UNCURK, Japan-DPRK trade and other "relations", and statement of the ROK Foreign Minister on pre-conditions towards a Korean settlement.

  • March 17, 1972

    Protocols of the Talks between the Mongolian and the North Korean Government Delegations

    Officials of the Mongolian People's Republic and the North Korea discuss North Korea's view on inter-Korean relations regarding reunification, the Park Chung Hee regime in South Korea, and their diplomatic orientation toward other socialist states.

  • March 20, 1972

    Report from Dr. Pataki János, 'The visit of DPRK ambassador Pak Gyeong-sun'

    A report by Dr. Pataki Janos on a conversation with North Korean ambassador Pak Gyeong-sun, discussing Korean reunification and the invitation of some UN Representatives from Africa to North Korea.

  • March 30, 1972

    Report from Csatorday Károly, 'The visit of DPRK ambassador Pak Gyeong-sun'

    A report by Csatorday Karoly on the visit of North Korean ambassador Pak Gyeong-sun, in which they discussed inviting three UN representatives from Africa to North Korea.

  • June 19, 1972

    Report from Etre Sándor, 'Information from Comrade Sebestyén Jenő'

    A report by Etre Sandor on North Korea’s foreign relations with countries in Europe, the Soviet Union, the United States, and Japan.

  • June 28, 1972

    Cable, Ahmet H. Ozbudun to C.V. Narasimhan

    Ozbudun sends Narasimhan a cable reporting on the second session of UNCURK meeting.

  • July 21, 1972

    Report from Kádas István, 'Information from Ambassador Pak Gyeong-sun [Pak Kyong-sun]'

    A report by Kadas Istvan on the conversation on submitting the Korean reunification issue to UN General Assembly and a visit made by a North Korean delegation to the Netherlands.

  • August 02, 1972

    Letter, Ahmet H. Ozbudun to C.V. Narasimhan, "Ramifications of the New Korean Item"

    Ozbudun sends a letter to Narasimhan regarding the ramification of the new Korean item, the so-called "Algerian item."

  • August 12, 1972

    Report fromk Barity Miklós, 'Visit of the Korean ambassador'

    A report by Barity Miklos on the visit of North Korean ambassador Pak Gyeong-sun, regarding the proposed submission of the Korean issue to the UN General Assembly and North Korea’s upcoming guest performance in Budapest.