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March 05, 1973

TELEGRAM FROM PYONGYANG, NO.061.074, URGENT, SECRET

This document was made possible with support from the ROK Ministry of Unification, Leon Levy Foundation

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    Lazar describes an incident along the DMZ, where North Korean infiltrators shot South Korean troops.
    "Telegram from Pyongyang, No.061.074, Urgent, SECRET," March 05, 1973, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Archives, Matter 220, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea, Secret, MFA, Folder no. 1515, First Directorate – Relations, Regarding Relations between North and South Korea and the Position of Various States on this Topic, January 16 – July 30, 1973. Obtained and translated for NKIDP by Eliza Gheorghe. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/114035
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To the Second Direction – Relations

After a several months pause in incidents between the two Koreas, a pause probably caused by the cessation of reciprocal infiltrations of hostile elements in the two Koreas, during the night of 4-5 March, a group of three North Koreans penetrated the border into South Korea. A South Korean border guard was shot, and weapons of Soviet origins were found on the premises of the incident.

This incident was brought to the attention of Lee Hu-rak, the South Korean Co-president of the South-North Coordinating Committee.

This incident worsens the state of inter-Korean relations, even more as in the following days a new meeting of the South-North Coordinating Committee is expected.

Signed: Aurelian Lazar

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