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North Korean Military Adventurism

This collection of documents provides a historical record of North Korea's brinkmanship and military-diplomatic campaigns since 1968, including the seizure of the USS Pueblo, attempted assassinations of President Park Chung Hee, and the murder of two U.S. Army officers in the axe murder incident.

  • January 29, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.027, Urgent

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK summarizes a recent meeting held with M. Golub, the Ambassador of Czechoslovakia to Pyongyang, and discusses U.S.-North Korean negotiations and the Soviet response to the USS Pueblo crisis.

  • January 29, 1968

    Record of Conversation between Mongolian Deputy Foreign Minister Chimiddorj and the Counselor of the Soviet Embassy Basmanov on the USS Pueblo Crisis

    Mongolian Deputy Foreign Minister D. Chimiddorj meets with Counselor of the Soviet Embassy, M.I. Basmanov to discuss North Korea's conflict with the US over the capture of the USS Pueblo. Basmanov describes the Soviet Embassy's involvement acting as a go-between for the United States and North Korea.

  • January 29, 1968

    Memorandum of a Conversation with the Ambassadors of the CSSR, Comrade Holub, and of the People’s Republic of Poland, Comrade Naperei

    Upon reviewing the Pueblo incident, both ambassadors conclude that the U.S. violated the Armistice Treaty. Instead of using force to retain their ship and men, the U.S. should issue an apology to the DPRK or else the Koreans will fight back.

  • January 29, 1968

    Record of a Conversation with J. Rowland, Australian Ambassador to the USSR

    S.P. Kozyrev and J. Rowland debate the reasons behind the tense situation on the Korean Peninsula. Though Rowland is emphatic that the Soviet Union ought to pressure the DPRK to cease provocations, Kozyrev insists that the "DPRK is an independent country."

  • January 30, 1968

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

    S.P. Fozyrev and the Canadian Ambassador in Moscow review the causes of and potential resolutions for the Pueblo Incident.

  • January 30, 1968

    Report, Embassy of Hungary in the Soviet Union to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    The Hungarian Embassy in the Soviet Union reports on Soviet discussions with North Korea over the capture of the USS Pueblo.

  • January 31, 1968

    Record of Conversation between Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and North Korean Charge d’Affaires Kang Cheol-geon

    Andrei Gromyko and Kang Cheol-geon discuss the capture of the USS Pueblo and Soviet support for North Korea.

  • February 01, 1968

    Informational Report by Ambassador Herrmann

    As North Koreans prepared for a new war after the Pueblo Incident, East German Ambassador Herrmann explains that the USSR and PRC will fight with nuclear weapons on the DPRK's side.

  • February, 1968

    Information about the Situation in Korea as the USSR Ambassador in Prague c. S.V. Cervonenko relayed it to the Minister of Foreign Affairs c. V. David.

    The Czechoslovak Deputy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs outlines Soviet policy towards the USS Pueblo Incident.

  • February 01, 1968

    Note on a Conversation with the 1st Secretary of the CSSR Embassy, Comrade Horshenevski, on 30 January 1968 between 15:00 and 15:40 hours

    German and Czechoslovak diplomats exchange information on negotiations in Panmunjeom for the release of the USS Pueblo crew.

  • February 02, 1968

    Memorandum on an Information of 1 February 1968

    The East German Embassy in Pyongyang reports that North Korea, fearful of counter attacks in the wake of seizing the USS Pueblo, is on a state of alert.

  • March 02, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.032, Flash

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK summarizes North Korea's view of the USS Pueblo seizure and the views of other Communist parties.

  • 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 04, 1968

    "Information about the Situation in Korea"

    A wide ranging Czeck government report on the causes, consequences, and potential resolutions to the USS Pueblo Incident.

  • February 05, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.033, Urgent

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK reports on a meeting held with T. Surgov, Second Secretary of the Bulgarian Embassy to Pyongyang, in which the visit of Gheorghe Apostol to the DPRK was discussed.

  • February 05, 1968

    Information on the Situation in Korea

    The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia analyzes the underlying context behind and causes of the Pueblo Incident and other dangerous military engagements on the Korean Peninsula.

  • February 07, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.035, Urgent

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK reports on U.S.-North Korean negotiations over the USS Pueblo and tensions between the United States and South Korea over the response to North Korea's recent provocations.

  • February 09, 1968

    Pueblo and the US-South Korean Relations: Political Report No. 11

    South Korea's responses and reactions to the attempted assassination of President Park Chung Hee and the seizure of the USS Pueblo by North Korea are summarized.

  • 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 15, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.042, Regular

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK discusses North Korea's position in the socialist bloc following the seizure of the USS Pueblo. The report is based on a meeting with the Bulgarian Second Secretary.