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June 26, 1973

TELEGRAM FROM WASHINGTON, DC, NO.084.605, URGENT, SECRET

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    Romanian officials in Washington report that they submitted the letter from the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, intended for the US congress, to the US State Department. The US official in contact with the Romanians described North Korea's attitudes towards the joint accession of the two Koreas to the UN as unrealistic.
    "Telegram from Washington, DC, No.084.605, Urgent, SECRET," June 26, 1973, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Archives, Matter 210, 1973, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Secret, MFA, Folder no. 1495. Obtained and translated for NKIDP by Eliza Gheorghe. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/114068
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To: Comrade Nicolae Ghenea,

Deputy Foreign Minister

Regarding your telegram no. 01/07237 dated June 21, 1973, [I would like to inform you about the following matters]:

On June 25, I submitted the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly letter addressed to the Speaker of the US Senate and to the Speaker of the US House of Representatives to John Armitage, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs.

Armitage said he would send the documents to their destinations right away.

He added that he learned from various newspapers about the reaction of the South Korean government regarding the joint accession of the two Koreas to the United Nations.

He believes that the attitude of the DPRK is unrealistic. It is impossible to imagine, in the current circumstances, a sole representative of the two Koreas at the United Nations. Armitage, however, agreed that the general evolution of the situation in Korea is a positive one and [he thinks] it is good that dialogue continues between the interested parties.

Signed: Corneliu Bogdan