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The Two Koreas and the Third World

 Coming from Hungarian as well as other archives, this collection of primary source materials documents the inter-Korean struggle for legitimacy and recognition across the Third World during the Cold War era.

  • December 10, 1957

    Note about a Meeting on 29 November 1957 between Deputy Foreign Minister Pak Seong-cheol with GDR Ambassador Comrade Fischer and Comrade Behrens

    East German and North Korean officials discuss North Korea's economic and political relations with India, Indonesia, Burma, Syria, and Japan.

  • October 11, 1965

    Record of Conversation between Vice-Foreign Minister Qiao Guanhua and North Korean Ambassador in China Pak Se-chang

    Qiao Guanhua and Pak Se-chang exchange opinions on the holding of a second Afro-Asian conference.

  • November 14, 1967

    Information Report Sent by István Garajszki to Deputy Foreign Minister Erdélyi, "Hungarian-Korean Solidarity Meeting in Budapest and Salgótarján,” 14 November 1967.

    A report summarizing an agreement to repatriate Koreans in Japan and expressing Choe Guk-hyeon's views on the Indonesian Communist Party, Sukarno, and his trip to Africa.

  • 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.

  • February 09, 1972

    Hungarian Embassy in Nigeria, Telegram, 9 February 1972. Subject: DPRK-Nigerian relations

    The Hungarian Ambassador to Nigeria assesses Nigerian-North Korean relations following a visit by North Korean diplomats to Nigeria.

  • July 10, 1972

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Telegram, 10 July 1972. Subject: Vietnamese Reactions to the Joint Declaration of the Two Koreas

    The telegram discusses the South Vietnamese reactions to the joint declaration of North and South Korea. The ambassador expresses his reservations about it, as he fears it may disarm the revolutionaries in the South.

  • July 14, 1972

    Hungarian Embassy in Guinea, Telegram, 14 July 1972. Subject: Guinean reactions to the joint declaration of the two Koreas

    The short telegram concerns the Guinean reactions by North and South Korean declarations. The North Koreans visited the Guinea ambassador to inform him on the status of inter-Korean negotiations but the details were kept secret.

  • 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.

  • September 27, 1973

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Report, 27 September 1973. Subject: The DPRK and the Non-Aligned Summit in Algiers

    A Hungarian diplomat explains the DPRK’s objectives for the Non-Aligned Movement in 1973 and the passage of a resolution on the Korean Question at the Algiers Conference.

  • January 07, 1974

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Telegram, 7 January 1974. Subject: Korean-Vietnamese relations

    The telegram speaks of the establishment of relations between North Korea and South Vietnam.

  • January 22, 1974

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Telegram, 22 January 1974. Subject: Cuban-DPRK relations.

    Establishment of North Korean-Cuban relations is the subject of this telegram. Among the issues discussed is an exchange of Cuban sugar for payment.

  • May 21, 1974

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Telegram, 21 May 1974. Subject: DPRK-Pakistani relations.

    The telegram concerns the establishment of relations between North Korea and Pakistan. The beginning of trade is discussed, with North Korea shipping chemicals and machinery in exchange for Pakistani raw materials such as cotton. The possibility of arms trade is also discussed.

  • November 14, 1974

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Telegram, 14 November 1974. Subject: Economic relations between the DPRK and the DRV.

    The establishment of economic relations between North Korea and Vietnam is discussed. There is a reported delay in the transfer of raw materials from North Korea.

  • May 01, 1975

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Report, 1 May 1975. Subject: Visit of a Laotian delegation in the DPRK.

    The Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK provides an overview of relations between Pyongyang and Vientiane and summarizes a recent visit of a Lao delegation to North Korea.

  • July 10, 1975

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Report, Military cooperation between Uganda and North Korea.

    Taraba reports military relations between North Korea and Uganda as a military delegation inspects military units in the Ugandan Army.

  • April 28, 1976

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Report, 28 April 1976. Subject: Visit of an Ethiopian government delegation in the DPRK.

    The report concerns a visit to North Korea by an Ethiopian diplomatic delegation. Among matters discussed were the Juche ideology in North Korea, economic cooperation, and the opening of commercial relations.

  • June 02, 1976

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Telegram, 2 June 1976. Subject: Visit of the president of Mali in the DPRK.

    The telegram concerns a visit from the president of Mali to North Korea. Among the issues discussed was North Korea's participation in the Non-Aligned Movement and the establishment of economic relations between North Korea and Mali.

  • March 08, 1977

    Telegram from the Minister of Foreign

    Telegram from the ROK Minister of Foreign Affairs on the issue of North Korea and the Coordinating Bureau of Non-Aligned Movement in New Delhi from April 6 through 11, 1977.

  • April 10, 1977

    Telegram to the Minister of Foreign Affairs from the Deputy Director of the United Nations Division

    The Deputy Director of the United Nations Division sends a report to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding his observation and view on the Ministrial Meeting of the Coordinating Bureau of Non-Aligned Countries on New Delhi.

  • June 15, 1977

    Hungarian Embassy in Angola, Telegram, 15 June 1977. Subject: Angolan-North Korean relations

    The establishment of relations between Angola and North Korea is the subject of this telegram.