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The Two Koreas and the Vietnam War

 This collection of primary source documents traces how both North Korea and South Korea responded to, participated in, and were influenced by the Vietnam War.

  • May 07, 1967

    A 7 May 1967 DVO Memo about Intergovernmental Relations between the DPRK and Romania, the DRV, and Cuba

    A report on the cooperation between between North Korea and Vietnam.

  • May 13, 1967

    Memorandum on Audience for Comrades Heintze and Breitenstein with Comrade Pak Seong-cheol

    Based on remarks made by Kim Il Sung, Pak Seong-cheol discusses North Korea's military policy, relations with the United States, the Vietnam War, and the state of the communist bloc.

  • July 06, 1967

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No. 76.247

    A Romanian assessment of North Korea's relations with Vietnam and involvement in the Vietnam War.

  • November 03, 1967

    Report on the Stance of the Korean Workers' Party and the Relations with Albania

    Albanian officials describe North Korea’s relations with the Soviet Union in 1967 as well as Kim Il Sung’s cult of personality.

  • December 08, 1967

    Letter from Ambassador Brie of the GDR in the DPRK to Deputy MFA Hegen

    East German Ambassador to North Korea Horst Brie reports on the growing number of incidents at the Demilitarized Zone between North Korean forces and South Korean and U.S. forces. Brie offers his own analysis of the military situation in Korea while highlighting the different views of officials from Czechoslovakia and Poland.

  • February 02, 1968

    Record of a Conversation with Canadian Ambassador to the USSR R. Ford

    S.P. Kozyrev and the Canadian Ambassador review Soviet policy toward the resolution of the Pueblo Incident and the connections between developments in Vietnam and the military situation on the Korean Peninsula.

  • February 12, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.040, Regular

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK summarizes a declaration from the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the USS Pueblo crisis.

  • February 16, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.044, Regular

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK reports on Vietnam's frustration with North Korea following the seizure of the USS Pueblo.

  • February 19, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.047, Regular

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK conveys the views of Le Thet Hung following the seizure of the USS Pueblo.

  • February 23, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.049, Flash

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK reports on General Pak Jeong-guk and his negotiations with the United States over the release of the USS Pueblo crew.

  • January 02, 1969

    Letter, Korean Affairs Institute President Yongjeung Kim to UN Secretary-General U Thant, Concerning ROK's involvement in the Vietnam War

    Yongjeung Kim of the Korean Affairs Institute writes U Thant. Kim encloses his letter imploring Park Chung Hee to reconsider sending Korean soldiers to Vietnam and reliance on Washington's support for reunification and domestic affairs.

  • January 28, 1969

    Report, Embassy of Hungary in North Korea to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    A report on the North Korean leaders' statements on South Korean partisan struggles, especially that of Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Jae-bong. Kim addresses the need not to identify the incidents in South Korea with those in South Vietnam.The report emphasizes that such statements are becoming more objective.

  • May 01, 1970

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    Principal Secretary of UNCURK Kuzbari updates Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan on the division in ROK government over providing support to Cambodia as it may affect the balance power in the peninsular and infiltrations along the DMZ.

  • May 08, 1970

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    Principal Secretary of UNCURK Kuzbari updates Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan on the NDP's return to the National Assembly yet their limited authority and Park Chung Hee's extension of only non-military assistance to Cambodia.

  • August 07, 1970

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    ROK government consents to US troop withdrawals in exchange for a modernization program of ROK forces and a public statement from US about their continued support and protection of the ROK. Additionally, Park Chung Hee visits South Vietnam and confirms the presence of ROK troops until the end of the war.

  • August 07, 1970

    Telegram, Embassy of Hungary in North Korea to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    A telegram from the Embassy of Hungary in North Korea reporting on North Korean-Vietnamese relations and their struggle against the United States.

  • December 31, 1970

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    Kuzbari briefs Narasimhan on election and national security updates in South Korea, including the campaigns of Kim Dae Jung and Park Chung Hee; the debate over ROK forces in Vietnam; DPRK and ROK naval clashes over what DPRK speculates to be a spy boat but ROK states is a fishing boat; and discussion concerning the return of the North Korean pilot who crash landed in South Korea.

  • 1971

    Record of a Preparatory Negotiation on a Joint Statement between the Head of Division of the North Korean Foreign Ministry and the Representative of the Mongolian People’s Republic

    Representatives of the North Korean Foreign Ministry and the Mongolian People's Republic discuss the wording of a joint statement between the two countries. They disagree on expressing support for the unification of Korea as well as support for the struggles of specific socialist struggles around the world.

  • January 14, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan, Withdrawal of ROK Troops from Vietnam

    During a press conference, President Park Chung Hee announces the withdrawal of ROK troops from Vietnam. Kuzbari notes that this decision is likely due to the upcoming presidential election, the strong opposition party, and the withdrawal of US troops from the ROK.

  • October 20, 1971

    Memorandum, Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    A memorandum reporting on a discussion between the North Koreans and the Hungarians on the situation in Vietnam.