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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.

  • August 17, 1972

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

    Ozbudun sends Narasimhan reports on the 27th session of the General Assembly and the deadlock on the Red Cross talks, views on the new Korean agenda item, significant statements by ROK officials on the Korean Question, report of UNCURK, reported initiative of Switzerland, remarks by Prime Minister on Korean Question, the text of the statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs on July 24, 1972, Red Cross talks, the presidential emergency order, and other matters.

  • August 30, 1972

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

    Ozbudun sends Narasimhan a letter on guarantee for safety of visiting Red Cross groups by ROK and DPRK authorities, ROK Foreign Minister on unification and the United Nations General Assembly, and press release on UNCURK's report.

  • September 06, 1972

    Report from Szüts Pál, 'The visit of Korean first secretary Kim Yun-gil'

    A report by Szuts Pal on the meeting with North Korean first secretary Kim Yun-gil, about inviting the ambassador of Cyprus in New York to Pyongyang as well as about the Red Cross negotiations.

  • September 14, 1972

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

    Ozbudun sends Narasimhan a report on press release on UNCURK's report, North-South Red Cross talks, prospects for postponement, report on the UNC to the UN, military armistice commission, ROK troop withdrawal from Vietnam, US troop withdrawal from the ROK, and UNGA documentation on Korea.

  • September 15, 1972

    Report from Szüts Pál, 'Meeting with North Korean Ahn Gi-son'

    A report by Szutes Pal on the meeting with North Korean Ahn Gi-son concerning the UN General Assembly and the inter-Korean Red Cross negotiations.

  • September 26, 1972

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

    Ozbudun and Narasimhan exchange telegrams on UN General Assembly's decision to proceed UNCURK's dissolution and UN troop withdrawal from ROK.

  • September 28, 1972

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

    Ozbudun sends Narasimhan a report on General Committee vote on Korean items.

  • February 02, 1973

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

    Ozbudun sends Narasimhan a report on UN policy of the ROK, greater civilian control at the ROK Defense Ministry, and director of the ROK CIA.

  • March 07, 1973

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

    Ozbudun sends Narasimhan a report on ROK National Assembly election observation and UN policy of the ROK.

  • March 15, 1973

    Record of Conversation between the Foreign Minister of North Korea and the First Secretary of the Mongolian People’s Republic

    The Foreign Minister of North Korea conveys Kim Il Sung's message to the Mongolian government and continues to explain North Korea's perspective of the Park Chung Hee regime in South Korea. Seeking Mongolian support for the DPRK's unification perspective, he adamantly opposes Mongolian endorsement of the ascension of two Koreas to the United Nations.

  • March 21, 1973

    Letter, Ahmet H. Ozbudun to C.V. Narasimhan, "Briefing by the ROK Foreign Minister"

    Ozbudun sends Narasimhan a letter containing a briefing by the ROK Foreign Minister on the issue of security incidents, the German example and Korea, South-North dialogue, and policy of the ROK at the United Nations. Second session of the North-South co-ordination committee and commander of the Capital Garrison command being arrested for a coup d'etat attempt are also mentioned.

  • March 28, 1973

    Letter, Ahmet H. Ozbudun to C.V. Narasimhan, "Growing Ties with Pyongyang"

    Ozbudun sends Narasimhan a report on growing ties with Pyongyang, UNCURK session, document concerning last week's confidential letter, and North-South dialogue.

  • April 06, 1973

    Hungarian Embassy in Ethiopia, Telegram, 6 April 1973. Subject: DPRK-Ethiopian relations.

    This telegram discusses a North Korean delegation sent to Ethiopia to establish relations. The question of reunification was brought up briefly, as the delegation requested Ethiopia support it at the UN.

  • April 19, 1973

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

    Shail Upadhya sends letters on the issue of future South-North Korean contacts, and Nordic countries along with other nations' recognition of North Korea.

  • May 02, 1973

    Letters between Shail Upadhya and C.V. Narasimhan

    Shail Upadhya sends Narasimhan a letter containing number of issues including DPRK's membership to WHO and rumor on Lee Hu-rak' house arrest.

  • May 08, 1973

    Letters between Shail Upadhya and C.V. Narasimhan

    Upadhya sends Narasimhan a report on his conversation with ROK Foreign Minister.

  • May 23, 1973

    Letters between Shail Upadhya and C.V. Narasimhan

    Upadhya sends a report to Narasimhan on ROK's reaction to DPRK's admission to WHO.

  • May 31, 1973

    Letters between Shail Upadhya and C.V. Narasimhan

    Upadhya sends Narasimhan a report on DPRK's admission to WHO and ROK's reaction to it.

  • June 05, 1973

    Letters between Shail Upadhya and C.V. Narasimhan

    Upadhya sends Narasimhan a report on ROK stance on the UN.

  • June 16, 1973

    Telegram to Pyongyang from First Directorate, SECRET, No. 01/08463, Flash

    Romanian officials relay the message from UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim regarding permanent observers from the DPRK to the UN. The telegram notes that Waldheim will offer his support to the North Korean observers and that obtaining visas to the US will not be difficult.