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March 17, 1956

TELEGRAM FROM USSR CHARGE D'AFFAIRES AD INTERIM TO THE DPRK A.M. PETROV ADDRESSED TO USSR MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS V.M. MOLOTOV

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    Petrov reports on the ongoing case of former Minister of Internal Affairs and KKorean Workers' Party member Pak Il-u, three months after he was arrested.
    "Telegram from USSR Charge d'Affaires ad interim to the DPRK A.M. Petrov addressed to USSR Minister of Foreign Affairs V.M. Molotov," March 17, 1956, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, GARF, Fond 5446, Opis 98, Delo 721, Listy 212-213. Translated by Gary Goldberg. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/120178
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Distribute to CPSU CC Presidium members

V. Molotov

   6 April 1956

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Top Secret, Copy Nº [left blank]

SOVIET EMBASSY IN THE DPRK

Nº 91

17 March 1956

TO USSR MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Cde. V. M. MOLOTOV

We are sending you a decision of the December plenum of the CC of the Korean Worker's Party, "The Anti-Party, Factionalist Activity of Pak Il-U"

Pak Il-u is a former member of the KWP CC Political Council and Minister of Internal Affairs, and recently, DPRK Minister of Communications; by a decision of the December plenum he was expelled from the KWP CC and KWP membership. Some time later, 15 December 1955, Pak Il-u was arrested.

Pak Il-u is accused of establishing communications at a difficult time for the country with the group of Pak Heonyeong and Ri [Syn Yep], who had pursued subversive activity against the Worker's Party and the DPRK government.

At the present time evidence is being collected for the case of Pak Il-u. Pak Heonyeong, who was sentenced to death in December 1955, is being used as a witness.

In connection with this the execution of Pak Heonyeong, which was approved by the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, has been stayed.

According to available information, Pak Heonyeong testified that in January 1952 Pak Il-u told him that in the government the Premier was pursuing his policy without consulting with anyone, and that it was becoming hard for us (Pak Il-u and others) to work with him. Pak Heonyeong testified later that Pak Il-u assessed the retreat to the north of the Korean People's Army in 1950 as a defeat caused by unskilled leadership of the army.

The investigation does not have other evidence of the guilt of Pak Il-u, in spite of the fact that more than three months have passed since his arrest.

We are sending the above KWP CC decision for information purposes.

CHARGE D'AFFAIRES OF THE
SOVIET EMBASSY IN THE DPRK A. PETROV

Distributed to

Comrades Bulganin

Voroshilov

Kaganovich

Kirichenko

Malenkov

Mikoyan

Molotov

Pervukhin

Saburov

Suslov

Khrushchev

Nº 712/M

Authenticated: [signature]

(V. Vasev. 2nd Secretary,

Minister's Secretariat)

Five copies printed. mch

Nº 414. 25 September 1956

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