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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.

  • 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.

  • January 06, 1978

    TELEGRAM 047.011 from the Romanian Embassy in Libreville to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    To counter South Korea's interactions with the Government of Gabon, the DPRK takes measures to increase its own exchanges with Gabon.

  • January 18, 1978

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Telegram, 18 January 1978. Subject: Invitation to Zia ul-Haq to visit the DPRK.

    Pakistan denies Kim Il Sung's invitation for Zia ul-Haq to visit Pyongyang and explains that domestic developments will prevent ul-Haq from traveling abroad.

  • February 23, 1978

    TELEGRAM 016.560 from the Romanian Embassy in Bangui to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Central African Empire is balancing between North and South Korea to gain as much economic support as possible.

  • February 28, 1978

    TELEGRAM 066.569 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Swedish and Finnish governments pressure the DPRK to pay back its debts, while the PRC grants North Korea a loan to partially offset these costs.

  • March 14, 1978

    TELEGRAM 031.589 from the Romanian Embassy in Dhaka to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Thr Romanian Embassy in Dhaka reports that Bangladesh supports the DPRK's position on reunification.

  • March 15, 1978

    TELEGRAM 066.598 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    High officials from North Korea visit African and Asian countries to strengthen the DPRK's stance on the reunification issue.

  • March 16, 1978

    Hungarian Embassy in Pakistan, Telegram, 16 March 1978. Subject: DPRK-Pakistani relations

    The Hungarian Embassy in Pakistan reports that the main purpose of the unofficial visit of Pak Seong-cheol to Pakistan was to dissuade the new leadership from changing its stance in the issue of Korean unification. Pakistan confirmed that the DPRK-Pakistan relation would remain friendly and requested arms support.

  • March 17, 1978

    TELEGRAM 038.589 from the Romanian Embassy in Islamabad to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Pak Seong-cheol's visit to Pakistan is carried out to recruit new supporters on the reunification issue and prevent Pakistan from establishing relations with the ROK.

  • March 30, 1978

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Telegram, 30 March 1978. Subject: DPRK-Pakistani relations.

    The Pakistani ambassador informs the Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK that Zia ul-Haq will pay a visit to Pyongyang soon.

  • April 03, 1978

    TELEGRAM 066.609 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Gang Ryang-uk and Indian Prime Minister Morarji Desai meet but fail to reach a consensus on Korean unification and the Kashmir issue.

  • April 06, 1978

    TELEGRAM 075.205 from the Romanian Embassy in Tehran to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Ri Yong-ho informs Alexandru about DPRK's competition with the ROK in Iran and other efforts to block the ROK from becoming closer to other socialist countries.

  • April 07, 1978

    Hungarian Embassy in Pakistan, Report, 'The visit of DPRK Vice-President Pak Seong-cheol in Pakistan'

    Pak Seong-cheol seeks Pakistan's support for North Korea's position on Korean unification, while Pakistan wants trade and arms shipments.