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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.)

  • March 10, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 10 March 1960

    Kim Il Sung expresses his gratitude for the additional grain supplied by the USSR and discusses plans for the textile and chemical industries in North Korea.

  • March 24, 1960

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

    Puzanov shares his impression of a tractor plant in the DPRK and his discussions with Kim Il Sung, who explained that agricultural and grain production were the main tasks of the Korean Workers' Party.

  • April 21, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 21 April 1960

    Pak Yong-guk seeks support for North Korea's position on developments in South Korea, while Kim Il Sung engages in a wide ranging discussion on the economy, reunification, education, and Koreans in Japan with Puzanov.

  • May 02, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 2 May 1960

    Kim Il Sung and Puzanov discuss events in South Korea, North Korea's Seven-Year Plan, Soviet-Korean relations, and Kim's health problems.

  • June 05, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 5 June 1960

    Kim Il Sung and Puzanov discusses Kim Il Sung's date of arrival to Moscow and the composition of the DPRK delegation to a conference in Bucharest.

  • June 08, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 8 June 1960

    Kim Il Sung and Puzanov discuss agriculture in the DPRK as well as an upcoming party conference in Romania.

  • June 11, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 11 June 1960

    Kim Il Sung briefs Puzanov on the Korean Workers' Party's policy toward the recent turmoil in South Korea as well as North Korea's Seven-Year Plan.

  • June 14, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 14 June 1960

    Kim Il Sung talks about the economic and political situation in the DPRK and presented his requests on economic issue during a meeting with CPSU CC Presidium members.

  • June 15, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 15 June 1960

    Khrushchev gives Kim Il Sung a copy of Mao Zedong's statements stemming from the 1956 August Incident and the joint Sino-Soviet intervention.

  • June 16, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 16 June 1960

    Kim Il Sung expressed indignation toward Mao Zedong after reading a statement alleging that Kim Il Sung is a traitor to the communist cause.

  • June 17, 1960

    Excerpts from V.P. Tkachenko 'The Korean Peninsula and Russia's Interests'

    A compilation of conversations between various officials from the USSR and DPRK in terms of the USSR-DPRK treaty and its implications on the US-ROK relationship.

  • June 25, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 25 June 1960

    Kim Il Sung gathers senior North Korean officials to inform them of the results of his visit to Moscow, and vehemently criticizes Mao Zedong.

  • July 24, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 24-26 July 1960

    Kim Il Sung and Puzanov discuss Soviet-DPRK relations, a the proposed visit by Khrushchev to Korea, Sino-Soviet relations, the economic situation in North Korea, and North Korea's views on recent events in South Korea.

  • July 25, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 25 July 1960

    Kim Il Sung and Puzanov discuss the events in South Korea and the establishment of a Central Bureau for South Korean Issues in the DPRK.

  • August 08, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 8 August 1960

    Karoly Prath and Puzanov discuss North Korea's new restrictions on foreign embassies, while Kim Il Sung and Puzanov latter talk about events celebrating the 15th anniversary of the liberation of Korea.

  • August 16, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 16 August 1960

    In a conversation with political seniors in Soviet Union and North Korea, A.M. Puzanov informs Kim Il Sung that Soviet government accepted his offer to have mutual deliveries of goods during 1961 to 1965. Kim Il Sung speaks his opinion in irrigation system control and inter-Korean relations.

  • August 18, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 18 August 1960

    Kim Il Sung and A.M. Puzanov discuss China's attempts to sway other communist parties against the Soviet Union.

  • August 24, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 24 August 1960

    The Soviet Ambassador describes an August 24 meeting between a delegation of the Soviet-Korean Friendship Society and Kim Il Sung.

  • September 07, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 7 September 1960

    Puzanov and Kim Il Sung review their positions on the Korean issue at the 15th UN General Assembly Session. Kim Il Sung also reports on his industrial inspection of South Hamgyong Province.

  • September 14, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 14 September 1960

    Kim Il Sung mentions a bilateral cooperative treaty between Soviet Union and DPRK and the progress of the talks in Japan extending the agreement on repatriation of Koreans to the DPRK. A.M. Puzanov informs his impressions on the visit to the Hwanghae metallurgical works.