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Korean War Armistice

On July 27, 1953, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed, ceasing hostilities and bringing an end to the Korean War. This collection contains Russian, Chinese, and Polish documents on the armistice negotiations which span the nearly two-year period of talks (July 1951-July 1953), shedding light on North Korean, Soviet, and Chinese strategic thinking toward the conflict and the armistice. (Image, North Korean General Nam Il (seated right) signing the Korean War armistice agreement, US Department of Defense)

  • June 28, 1954

    Record of the First Meeting between Premier Zhou and Prime Minister U Nu

    Zhou Enlai and U Nu first talked about the decision made on the Geneva Conference regarding the armistice in the Korean Peninsula and the role of the US in it. Then they talked about the elements that complicated the Sino-Burmese relations and the need for building mutual trust and signing a non-political agreement. They also discussed the principles they would have in a joint statement before the signing of this potential agreement.

  • November 10, 1958

    Letter, You Chan Yang to Mr. Dag Hammarskjold

    You Chan Yang, chairman of the Korean deligation sends letter concerning the issue of prisoners in North Korea and returning them to South Korea.

  • August 09, 1966

    On the Korean War, 1950-1952, and the Armistice Negotiations

    A survey of Soviet and Chinese involvement in the Korean War compiled in 1966 by an unidentified members of the staff of the Soviet Foreign Ministry archive. The apparent purpose of this internal history was to provide background information for the small group of Soviet officials who were at that time engaged in discussions with the People’s Republic of China and North Vietnam over possible Soviet assistance to the Viet Cong in their war with the United States.

  • October 03, 1968

    Letter, William B. Buffum to Mr. Liu Chieh containing "Report of the United Nations Command to the United Nations"

    A letter from William Buffum containing a report on the continuation of serious North Korean violations of the Armistice Agreement.

  • December 23, 1976

    Letter, William W. Scranton to Ion Datcu containing "Report on the Activities of the United Nations Command (UNC) (September 1, 1975-December 20, 1976)"

    William Scranton sends a report of the United Nations Command concerning the maintenance of the Korean Armistice Agreement.

  • January 25, 1978

    Letter, James F. Leonard to Leslie O. Harriman containing "Report on the Activities of the United Nations Command (UNC) (December 21, 1976 - December 16, 1977)"

    James F. Leonard sends a report of the United Nations Commance concerning the maintenance of the Armistice Agreement.

  • December 08, 1978

    Letter, Park Chan Ook to the Secretary General, "The Rally for Arraignment of Chungnam People against the Third Tunnel Excavated by North Korea near Panmunjom"

    Park Chan Ook, president of the Rally for Arraignment of Chungnam People against the Third Tunnel Excavated by North Korea near Panmunjuom, denounces North Korea for constantly violating the Armistice Agreement, and requestes for saction against North Korea.

  • February 21, 1979

    Letter, Andrew Young to Abdalla Yaccoub Bishara containing "Report on the Activities of the United Nations Command (UNC) (December 17, 1977 - December 17, 1978)"

    Andrew Young a report of the United Nations Command concerning the maintenance of the Korean Armistice Agreement, North Korean naval intrusions, and North Korean tunnel in DMZ.