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Inter-Korean Relations after the War, 1954-1961

 This collection presents documents on inter-Korean relations from the end of the Korean War through the Park Chung Hee military coup.

  • May 26, 1959

    Note about a Conversation between the DPRK Ambassador in Berlin Comrade Pak Il-yeong and Comrades Kohrt and Demel on 26 May 1959 at 1500 hours

    Discussion on organizational problems with South Korean students in western countries, who intend to live in North Korea, and about German reunifcation.

  • June 03, 1959

    Letter to Walter Ulbricht on South Korean Students Living in Germany

    Letter about South Korean Students in FRG who want to visit DPRK

  • September 10, 1959

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

    Hungarian Ambassador Karoly Prath summarizes a conversation about the timing of the reunification of Korea.

  • October 30, 1959

    Information Report Sent by Károly Fendler to Minister of Foreign Affairs Endre Sík, 'Conversation with Comrade Kim, Interpreter of the Korean Embassy'

    Report from Károly Fendler, the official in charge of Korea, to the Endre Sík, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, that the interpreter at the Korean embassy told him that the Central Committee of the Korean Workers’ Party “considered the situation as ripe for the unification of the country.”

  • December 16, 1959

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

    Gábor Dobozi reports on statements made during a dinner party thrown by the East German ambassador regarding Korean reunification and the situation in Panmunjeom.

  • December 16, 1959

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

    Gábor Dobozi reports on a conversation he had about Soviet-North Korean relations, North Korea's economic policies and planning, inter-Korean relations, and North Korean media.

  • February 07, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 7 February 1960

    Puzanov offers his opinion on Kim Chang-bong's claim that, without the Americans in South Korean, their motherland would be united in peace unjustifiable. Go Hui-man asserts that logging in Khabarovsk Kray is a profitable and economically sensible measure for the DPRK.

  • February 11, 1960

    Journal of Second Secretary at the Soviet Embassy in the DPRK V.S. Nemchinov, 'Record of a Conversation with Kim Chae-Won, Chief of the DPRK MFA Department of International Information'

    Nemchinov informs the DPRK of the date and planned agenda of a sports conference to be held in Moscow, whole Kim Chae-won reports on preparations for the 6th International Congress of Buddhists.

  • March 01, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 1 March 1960

    Pak Seong-cheol notes an increase of tension in Korea from the South Korean authorities and describes North Korea's planned response.

  • March 02, 1960

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

    Puzanov, Pak Seong-cheol, and Nam Il discuss Korea at the United Nations and North Korea's relations with the Soviet Union and China.

  • March 21, 1960

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

    Pak Seong-cheol and Puzanov discuss the presidential elections in South Korea and the Ten Nation Committee on Disarmament.

  • March 23, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 23 March 1960

    Kim Tae-hui briefs diplomats in Pyongyang on U.S.-South Korea military relations and the 1960 elections in the ROK.

  • April 12, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 12 April 1960

    Kim Tae-hui briefs diplomats in Pyongyang on protests in South Korea and concludes that "that the recent events in Masan do not yet make the issue of an armed uprising against the Syngman Rhee regime the order of the day."

  • April 20, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 20 April 1960

    Pak Gwang-seon discusses the growing protest movement in South Korea, while Pak Seong-cheol and Puzanov exchange opinions on the causes of the political turmoil in the ROK.

  • 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.

  • April 26, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 26 April 1960

    Pak Yong-guk sounds off on North Korea's reactions to the protest movement in South Korea and demands the "immediate withdrawal of American troops from South Korea."

  • April 27, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 27 April 1960

    Deputy Minister Ryu Jeon-sik informs the ambassadors about a meeting of leaders of all political parties and public organizations which adopted a statement addressed to the people of South Korea.  

  • 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.

  • May 20, 1960

    Report, Embassy of the Hungarian People’s Republic in the DPRK to the Foreign Ministry of Hungary

    Hungarian Ambassador Károly Práth reports on a conversation he held with Yu Chang-sik about relations between the DPRK and the Republic of Guinea, the visit of an Algerian delegation to North Korea, and the need to strengthen the North Korean economy in light of provocations by the South.

  • May 24, 1960

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

    Pak Seong-cheol provides Puzanov with a thoroughgoing analysis of the situation in South Korea and the Korean question at the United Nations following Syngman Rhee's removal from power.