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June 30, 1951

CIPHERED TELEGRAM, MAO ZEDONG TO FILIPPOV (STALIN) TRANSMITTING 29 JUNE 1951 TELEGRAM FROM KIM IL SUNG TO MAO

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    Telegram from Mao to Stalin relaying a query from Kim Il Sung on how to respond to a request for negotiations from Ridgway.
    "Ciphered telegram, Mao Zedong to Filippov (Stalin) transmitting 29 June 1951 telegram from Kim Il Sung to Mao," June 30, 1951, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, APRF, Fond 45, Opis 1, Delo 339, List 92 and AVPRF, Fond 059a, Opis 5a, Delo 4, Papka 11, List 11 http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/110371
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SECOND MAIN ADMINISTRATION OF THE GENERAL STAFF OF THE SOVIET ARMY

CIPHERED TELEGRAM No. 21336
Copies: Stalin (2)

From BEIJING Received 11:30 30.6.1951
SERIES “G” T

To Comrade FILIPPOV [Stalin]

A telegram from Comrade Kim Il Sung.

“Comrade Mao Zedong!

Malik's speech on the radio on June 23 of this year aroused interest among the Americans in the question of the cessation of military actions in Korea. In the United Press report from Washington on June 28 it says: “Among American generals and senior officers the hope for a cessation of military actions in Korea grows with every day. [U.S. Commander Matthew] Ridgway constantly maintains contact with the chief of the American General Staff on the question of the possibility of a cessation of military actions.

From the reports being circulated it is known that as soon as Ridgway receives an order from the Ministry of National Defense of the USA, he will enter negotiations with the commander of the North Korean troops. A report about this will be made by the staff of UN troops.

How should we relate to this? How should we answer, if Ridgway wants to conduct negotiations.

I ask you urgently to communicate your concrete opinion on this question.

Kim Il Sung 29.6.51”

Mao Zedong

No. 3261
30.6