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June 16, 1973

TELEGRAM TO PYONGYANG FROM FIRST DIRECTORATE, SECRET, NO. 01/08463, FLASH

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    Romanian officials relay the message from UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim regarding permanent observers from the DPRK to the UN. The telegram notes that Waldheim will offer his support to the North Korean observers and that obtaining visas to the US will not be difficult.
    "Telegram to Pyongyang from First Directorate, SECRET, No. 01/08463, Flash," June 16, 1973, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Archives, Telegrams to Pyongyang, January – December 1973, TOP SECRET, Vol. I. Obtained and translated for NKIDP by Eliza Gheorghe. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/114063
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Comrade Ambassador,

We would like to kindly ask you to request a meeting with the president of the Administrative Committee, Kim Il and inform him of the following issues:

On July 13, 1973 the Romanian representative at the United Nations gave Kurt Waldheim the letters from the DPRK concerning the opening of a permanent observer mission at the UN.

Kurt Waldheim thanked the DPRK government for their kind gesture to officially send him these important documents through us.

After mentioning that he would be happy to offer all his support to the DPRK observers, the Secretary General asked to be informed about their arrival both in New York and in Geneva.

Waldheim also said that the American government reacted extremely promptly to his question regarding the visas that the DPRK observers needed to enter the U.S. Secretary of State W. Rogers, with whom Waldheim discussed this issue, gave him a positive answer the day after. Rogers added that it would not be difficult for the US government to grant visas to the DPRK observers.  

Signed: Nicolae Ghenea