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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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남북 간의 적대분자 침입이 중단되면서 수 개월 간 남북 간의 도발 사건은 중단된 바 있다. 이후 3월 4일에서 5일 사이, 3인의 북조선인들이 한밤에 국경을 넘어 남측에 잠입했다. 남측 국경경비대 소속 군인 한 명이 총격을 당했으며, 사건 현장에서는 소련제 무기가 발견되었다.

이 사건에 대한 소식은 이후락 남북조절위원회 남측 공동위원장에게 전해졌다.

며칠 뒤 남북조절위원회 회담이 예정되어 있는 상황에서, 이 사건은 남북관계를 악화시키고 있다.

서명인: 아우렐리안 라자르[Aurelian Lazăr]