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July 07, 1977

TELEGRAM 066669 FROM THE ROMANIAN EMBASSY IN PYONGYANG TO THE ROMANIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

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    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang reports to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the contents of Yang Hyeong-sop's speech on the 5th anniversary of the North-South Joing Communique of 1972. The DPRK supports complete US troop withdrawal from Korea and states its conditions for dialogue with South Korea.
    "Telegram 066669 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs," July 07, 1977, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Archive of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Folder 933/1977, Issue 220/H: Partial US troop withdrawal from South Korea – Discussions regarding the reunification of the two countries, January – October 1977. Obtained and translated for NKIDP by Eliza Gheorghe. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/114873
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TELEGRAM  066669    

To: the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

From: the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang

Date: July 7, 1977

Classification: Secret

On the 5th anniversary of the North-South Joint Communiqué signed on July 4, 1972, in a speech by Yang Hyeong-sop, secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the DPRK reaffirmed its position towards the Carter plan regarding US troop withdrawal from South Korea, wanting an immediate, total, and definitive drawback, as well as US approval for transforming the armistice in Korea into a peace treaty.

On the same occasion, the DPRK returned to its previous proposals of accepting to hold talks with the ROK provided that it ceases its repressive measures, anticommunist activity, and the ‘two Koreas’ policy, and ensures South Korea’s democratization. We believe this reprise to be a result not so much of wanting to establish contact with the government in Seoul – since the conditions put forward by the DPRK are unacceptable to the ROK – but of countering South Korea’s campaign against the DPRK, according to which the latter vehemently opposes any dialogue with the ROK and Korean reunification, implicitly.  

Signed: D. Popa