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December 30, 1966

EXCERPTS FROM A 30 DECEMBER 1966 MEMO OF THE SOVIET EMBASSY TO THE DPRK (A. BORUNKOV) ABOUT EMBASSY MEASURES AGAINST CHINESE ANTI-SOVIET PROPAGANDA IN THE DPRK

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    A short note on the anti-Chinese propaganda in North Korea, which is done in a restricted manner.
    "Excerpts from a 30 December 1966 Memo of the Soviet Embassy to the DPRK (A. Borunkov) about Embassy Measures against Chinese Anti-Soviet Propaganda in the DPRK," December 30, 1966, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, AVPRF, f. 0102, op. 22, p. 109, d. 22, pp. 50-56. Obtained by Sergey Radchenko and translated by Gary Goldberg. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/116692
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"The Korean leadership has recently taken a number of steps to keep the country's population from being influenced by Chinese propaganda. Sino-Korean cultural exchanges have been reduced to zero. The exchanges of other delegations have been sharply reduced. Almost no materials from China are published in the Korean press. The 30-minute Korean language program of news from China on the radio rebroadcasting network has been halted [50].

The main feature of the anti-Chinese propaganda in the DPRK is that it is done in a restricted manner and evidently primarily among cadre. The Korean leaders do not permit open criticism of events in China [50]".

"The impression is formed from observations by Embassy officials that it is not recommend for officials of Korean institutions who have contact with members of the diplomatic corps to enter into conversations with foreigners on the topic of Sino-Korean relations and events in China. So far, only Cde. Kim Il Sung has discussed the actions of the Chinese leaders in conversations with the Ambassador." [51]

"The Korean leadership, on the one hand, refrains from open condemnation of the actions of the Chinese ruling group and, on the other, does not permit the Soviet Embassy in Pyongyang to wage propaganda denouncing Mao Zedong and his group". [51]