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May 14, 1950

CABLE FROM VYSHINSKY TO MAO ZEDONG, RELAYING STALIN'S STANCE ON PERMISSION FOR NORTH KOREA TO ATTACK SOUTH KOREA

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    The cable contains Stalin’s personal response to Mao's 13 May telegram. Using the code-name “Filippov,” Stalin confirms his agreement with the North Korean proposal to “move toward reunification,” contingent on Beijing’s assent.
    "Cable from Vyshinsky to Mao Zedong, Relaying Stalin's Stance on Permission for North Korea to attack South Korea," May 14, 1950, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, The document, from the Russian Presidential Archives, was given by Russian President Boris Yeltsin to South Korean President Kim Young-Sam during the latter’s visit to Moscow in June 1994, and was made available to CWIHP by the South Korean Embassy in Washington. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/115976
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MFA USSR

   Tenth Department                Top Secret

Making copies is prohibited

Special no. 550

113

Issuing No. 8600

Received on 4:10 am, 14 May 1950

Sent on 5:30 am, 14 May 1950

CIPHERED TELEGRAM

_______________________________________________________

Destination: PEKING  To whom: SovAmbassador

____________________________________________

SPECIAL

For Mao Zedong.

“Comr. Mao Zedong!

In a conversation with the Korean comrades Filippov [Stalin] and his friends expressed the opinion, that, in light of the changed international situation, they agree with the proposal of the Koreans to move toward reunification [pristupit k obiednineniiu]. In this regard a qualification was made [pri etom bilo ogovoreno], that the question should be decided finally by the Chinese and Korean comrades together, and in case of disagreement by the Chinese comrades the decision on the question should be postponed until a new discussion. The Korean comrades can tell you the details of the conversation.

Filippov.”

Telegraph the fulfillment [ispolneniie telegraf’te].

VYSHINSKY

5 copies

14 May 1950

Copies:

1. Comr. Stalin

2. Comr. Molotov

3. Comr. Vyshinsky

4. Comr. 10th department

5. Comr. Copy