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Korean Workers' Party Congresses

 A collection documenting the Korean Workers' Party (KWP) Congresses held in August 1946, March 1948, April 1956, September 1961, November 1970, and October 1980.

  • August 29, 1946

    Kim Il Sung, 'For the Establishment of a United Party of the Working Masses: Report to the Inaugural Congress of the Workers' Party of North Korea'

    Kim Il Sung's speech at the 1st Congress of the Korean Workers' Party.

  • March 12, 1956

    Memorandum of Conversation with the DPRK Vice Premier of the Cabinet of Ministers and Member of the KWP CC Presidium, Pak Chang-ok

    Relations between S.Filanov and Kim Il Sung are discussed, the internal political oppression of DPRK, the restricted press.

  • April, 1956

    Memo from K. Koval to the CPSU CC, 'Concerning the main issues of the economic situation of the DPRK'

    Report that highlights the success of North Korea’s Three-Year Plan after an economically devastating war.

  • April 23, 1956

    Record of a Speech delivered by Kim Il Sung at the Third Congress of the Korean Workers' Party

    Kim Il Sung draws on Khrushchev's speech at the 20th Congress of the CPSU in his own speech at the Third Congress of the Korean Workers' Party, and speaks to the successes of the Three-Year Plan and discusses the implementation of a similar Five-Year Plan.

  • April 30, 1956

    Record of the Third Congress of the Korean Workers' Party by L.I. Brezhnev

    Brezhnev reports on the Third Congress of the Korean Workers' Party and concludes that there is a misunderstanding of the 20th Congress of the CPSU in North Korea. Brezhnev also mentions a meeting that took place, at Kim Il Sung's request, with the CPSU delegation that was present at the Third Congress.

  • May 30, 1956

    Report by N. T. Fedorenko on a Meeting with DPRK Ambassador to the USSR Ri Sang-jo

    Discussions between Fedorenko and Ri Sangjo about the economic troubles in North Korea and potential Soviet aid, allowing the Ministry of Internal affairs to observe Soviet institutions, unrest in the KWP CC, and the power of Kim Il Sung

  • May 31, 1956

    Memorandum of Conversation with Gi Seok-bok

    Discusses the attempts to dispel the rumors that Kim Il Sung's cult of personality exists in DPRK.

  • June 04, 1956

    Record of a conversation with DPRK Ambassador to East Germany Pak Gil-ryong by S. Filatov for 4 June 1956

    DPRK Ambassador to the German Democratic Republic Pak Gil-ryong speaks to Filatov about Nam Il’s report on the 3rd KWP Congress. Pak also reports that Kim Il Sung is dismissive of foreign criticism of the over emphasis on heavy industry in the DPRK and is planning to implement an ambitious five-year plan.

  • June 08, 1956

    Memorandum of Conversation with Choe Chang-ik

    Deputy Prime Minister of DPRK, Choe Chang-ik, discuss the unhealthy situation in the Korean Worker's Party and the North Korean government. Choe argues that there is nepotism within the personnel selection process and that a cult of personality exists within the KWP. Choe also expresses concern regarding the difficult economic situation in the DPRK.

  • September 06, 1956

    Memorandum of Conversation with Pak Ui-wan

    Pak Ui-wan explains to V.I. Ivanov the personality cult in the Korean Worker's Party and the somewhat unstable condition of the Worker's Party due to the debate surrounding the cult of personality.

  • October 05, 1956

    Letter from Ri Sang-jo to the Central Committee of the Korean Workers Party

    Letter from Ri Sang-jo to CPSU Central Committee in which Ri writes about his disagreement with the decisions made at Korean Workers' Party Central Committee Plenum in August 1956.

  • December 28, 1956

    Communist Party of the Soviet Union Central Committee Report on the Situation in the Korean Workers' Party and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

    The Soviet embassy in Pyongyang provides a description of the events leading up to the 1956 August Plenum,the strained relations between the DPRK and the PRC following the joint Sino-Soviet intervention, and North Korean development strategies.

  • August 22, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 22 August 1957

    Puzanov and Pak Ui-wan discuss the construction of the Soviet Embassy in North Korea, the KWP CC leadership's suspicions against factionalists, and Pak Ui-wan's efforts to clear himself of suspicion. Later, Puzanov meets with Nam Il and discusses railroad construction, the second session of the World Meteorological Organization, settling citizenship issues, and the sale of goods for agricultural products from collective farms in the Soviet Union.

  • May 06, 1958

    Note concerning the August Group, Developed on the Basis of Party Documents, as well as on the Basis of Unofficial Sources of Information

    The August Group criticizes Kim Il Sung cult of personality and many DPRK officials are removed from their positions.

  • 1961

    Convocation of the Korean Workers’ Party’s 4th Congress

    Notification of sending the information to Kiss K., Hollai, and the embassy

  • 1961

    Report on the Korean Workers’ Party’s 4th Congress

    A report on the Korean Worker's Party's 4th Congress and its Credential Verification Committee

  • February 10, 1961

    Record Sheet of a Meeting held between Enver Hoxha and Pak Geum-cheol

    Enver Hoxha and Pak Geum-cheol emphasize the solidarity and friendship between the people of North Korea and Albania.

  • March 28, 1961

    Telegram from the Hungarian Embassy in Pyongyang, 'Convocation of the Korean Workers’ Party’s 4th Congress'

    A report on the convocation of the Korean Worker's Party's 4th Congress and a statement made by Park Jeong-guk, the leader of the Central Committee Foreign Division.

  • June 20, 1961

    Invitation to the 4th Party Congress of the Korean Workers Party in Pyongyang and Agenda

    An invitation to party delegates of the Albania Party of Labour to attend the 4th Party Congress of the Korean Workers' Party.

  • June 20, 1961

    Letter to the Albanian Labor Party Central Committee from Kim Il Sung

    The Korean Workers’ Party invites the Albanian Labor Party to send a delegation to the 4th Congress of the Korean Workers’ Party to be held on September 11, 1961 in Pyongyang.