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Conversations with Kim Il Sung

 This collection of primary source documents assembles a record of Kim Il Sung's conversations with foreign allies and other outsiders from 1949 through 1986, providing insights into DPRK foreign policy and domestic politics from North Korea's highest leader. (Image, NARA, RG 242, SA 2006, Item 6/38.)

  • October 18, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 18 October 1957

    Puzanov and Kim Il Sung review information concerning an upcoming Korean Workers' Party Central Committee Plenum.

  • November 13, 1957

    From the Journal of A. M. Puzanov, Record of a Conversation with Kim Il Sung

    Kim Il Sung describes a recent meeting with Mao Zedong, Peng Dehuai's "interference in the internal affairs" of the KWP, and his invitation for Mao to visit the DPRK, among other topics.

  • December 07, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 7 December 1957

    Kim Il sung discusses the KWP CC Plenum, which adopted a decision approving the work of the Moscow meetings and pointed to the need to further strengthen the unity between socialist countries.

  • December 09, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 9 December 1957

    Kim Il Sung and Puzanov discuss various issues between the USSR and DRK, including the process of building the Hungnam chemical fertilizer plant with Soviet aid.

  • December 17, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 17 December 1957

    Kim Il Sung discusses his plans to send a letter to Mao Zedong about the withdrawal of the Chinese volunteers from DPRK and to convene a Party conference as well as the current situation with trade in pork and progress of the conference of agricultural cooperative workers.

  • December 23, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 23 December 1957

    Kim Il Sung shares impressions about the work of the conferences of leaders of agricultural cooperatives and plans for similar work for industrial and military units.

  • February 22, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 22 February 1958

    At the 40th anniversary of the USSR Armed Forces meeting, Kim Il Sung shares impressions of the visit of the PRC delegation and discusses the South Korean aircraft that overflew DPRK in February 16 and students who renounced the DPRK citizenship.

  • March 01, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 1 March 1958

    Kim Il Sung discusses strengthening the unity and solidarity of the KWP party, especially through struggles against revisionism and bolstering the Bolshevist nucleus.

  • March 17, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 17 March 1958

    Puzanov discusses first Party Conference in North Korea, in which Kim Il Sung addressed issues concerning the first five-year plan and strengthening the unity and solidarity of the Party.

  • May 02, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A. M. Puzanov for 2 May 1958

    Kim Il Sung describes the seizure of South Korean fishing boats and how the fishermenw ere brought to Pyongyang for a May Day demonstration.

  • May 18, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A. M. Puzanov for 18 May 1958

    Kim Il Sung comments on members of the North Korean leadership and Soviet-North Korean friendship.

  • May 26, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A. M. Puzanov for 26 May 1958

    Kim Il Sung reports on Egyptian-Soviet-Korean relations, his views of Tito and Yugoslavia, and economic planning in North Korea.

  • May 27, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A. M. Puzanov for 27 May 1958

    Kim Il Sung and the Soviet Military Attaché A. A. D'yakonov review North Korea's military preparations and foreign military relations.

  • May 28, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A. M. Puzanov for 28 May 1958

    Kim Il Sung praises the current state of Soviet-North Korean relations.

  • June 26, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A. M. Puzanov for 26 June 1958

    Puzanov recounts a meeting with Kim Gwang-hyeop and an encounter with Kim Il Sung at a farewell ceremony for the Chinese People's Volunteers.

  • June 27, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A. M. Puzanov for 27 June 1958

    Kim Il Sung and Puzanov briefly discuss the June 1958 CPSU Central Committee Plenum and temporary leadership changes in North Korea.

  • November 22, 1958

    Record of Conversation from the Premier's Reception of the Korean Government Delegation

    Zhou Enlai and Kim Il Sung discuss the economic situation, electricity production, agricultural production, cooperativization, and the military in North Korea, as well as the withdrawal of the Chinese People's Army from the DPRK. Zhou and Kim also touched on issues relating to U.S.-Japan relations, inter-Korean relations, Chinese development, the Great Leap Forward, U.S. global strategy, Korean nationals in Japan, and Taiwan.

  • September 21, 1959

    Report by Qiao Xiaoguang on a Conversation with Kim Il Sung

    Qiao Xiaoguang, the Chinese Ambassador to North Korea, reports to the Central Committee that Kim Il Sung expressed the desire to discuss North Korea's economic development with Mao Zedong and Liu Shaoqi. Kim also states his support for the CCP and the solidarity of the China-DPRK relationship.

  • February 09, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 9 February 1960

    Kim Il Sung and Puzanov review a memorandum of conversation between Nikita Khrushchev and Yugoslavia's Vukmanovic-Tempo.

  • February 24, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 24 February 1960

    Kim Il Sung describes his kidney disease in a conversation with the Soviet Ambassador and provides information on agriculture and ongoing administrative restructuring in North Korea.