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April 25, 1947

PROTOCOL NO. 36 OF A MEETING OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE UNDER THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS OF THE SOVIET UNION (EXCERPT)

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    Special dossier refining aspects of the geological prospecting party to North Korea, to extract "rare elements".
    "Protocol No. 36 of a Meeting of the Special Committee under the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union (Excerpt)," April 25, 1947, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, APRF, Fond 93, delo 2/47, listy 43-46. Reprinted in L.D. Ryabev, Atomnyi Proekt SSSR: dokumenty i materialy, vol. 2, book 1 (Moscow-Sarov: Nauka Fizmatlit-VNIIEF, 1999), pp. 173-176. Translated for NKIDP by Sergey Radchenko. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/110594
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Moscow, Kremlin 25 April 1947
Top secret
Special dossier

Members of the Special Committee: Coms. Beria, Malenkov, Voznesenskii, Zavenyagin, Kurchatov, Makhnev, Pervukhin.

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VIII. On organizing geological prospecting work for rare elements in North Korea and Xinjiang

Accept draft Resolution on this question proposed by cc. Zavenyagin, Malik, Migunov and Malyshev with the following modifications:


a) Geological prospecting party is to be sent from the Ministry of Geology, and to entrust cc. Zavenyagin and Malyshev to include as members of the party specialists for organizing simultaneous extraction of A-9 [uranium-SR] and B-9 [thorium-SR].


b) To exclude from the draft proposals concerning organization of prospecting work in Xinjiang, and to entrust cc. Zavenyagin and Lomako to look into this question separately and to offer the Special Committee their suggestions.
Submit to the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Union of SSR comrade Stalin I.V. the draft Resolution "on conducting geological prospecting work for rare elements in North Korea".

Chairman of the Special Committee under the Council of Ministers of the USSR L. Beria