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September 07, 1974

TELEGRAM FROM THE SOUTH KOREAN AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES REGARDING US TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS TO NORTH KOREA

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    The South Korean Ambassador to the United States of America reports to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on South Korean efforts to request that the US continues its travel restrictions to North Korea. Although a US Department of State representative explains the possibility of lifting such measures for North Korea along with those of Cuba and Vietnam, South Korea remains adamant in insisting the extension of travel restrictions.
    "Telegram from the South Korean Ambassador to the United States Regarding US Travel Restrictions to North Korea," September 07, 1974, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs Archives. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/114585
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MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Number : USW-09081 Date : 051800

To : Minister Reference (Copy)

From : Ambassador to the United States of America

Regarding WUS-08376

  1. Regarding the document above, Counselor Taeji Kim had met with Mr. Kelly, Deputy Director of Korean Affairs at the Department of States at 10 AM, September 4th. The details are outlined as follows:
    1. Counselor Kim had mentioned U.S. Travel Restrictions to North Korea. While we assume that the U.S. is reviewing the extension of such measure as it expires this September 13th, we strongly believe the restriction must not be lifted because the circumstances have not changed at all, and the North Korean puppet state has rather intensified its provocative attitude. He requested the U.S. to sufficiently consider this Korean viewpoint.
    1. Regarding the above, Kelly stated that he was advised on the expiration of the measure and that the U.S. is at this stage reviewing the matter. Although it is difficult to state anything before the review is finished, some news articles are discussing improvements in the relationship with Cuba lately, and people in charge of Cuban affairs believe they should consider eliminating the travel restrictions to Cuba. In this case, the U.S. cannot take exclusive action on Cuba because it will stand out. Thus, it is likely that people will argue for taking actions regarding North Korea and the Vietnams altogether.
    1. In response, Counselor Kim had emphasized again that, although Korea is not in a position to become engaged in the issues regarding Cuba, we strongly believe travel restriction to North Korea must not be removed. He repeatedly requested that the U.S. bears this fact in mind when reviewing the travel restriction issue. Kelly responded that he will take care of it and mentioned that he will update us on the progress.
  1. This afternoon (September 5th), Counselor Kim expressed our serious concern on the matter to Director Ranard (retired and currently holds a consultant status). Counselor Kim is scheduled to meet with him tomorrow (September 6th) regarding this matter. […]