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  • November 20, 1971

    Preliminary Meeting between North and South Korea

    North Korean delegate Kim Deok-hyeon and South Korean delegate Jeong Hong-jin discuss family meetings and agree to set up a meeting between higher ranking officials.

  • December 10, 1971

    Meeting between North and South Korean Delegates at the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission

    In meeting between North Korean delegate Kim Deok-hyeon and South Korean delegate Jeong Hong-jin, the South explains that it wants to see progress within the Red Cross negotiations, while the North presses for a meeting between high level officials.

  • December 17, 1971

    13th Preliminary Conference between Delegates of North and South Korea at the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission

    A meeting between delegates of the North and South in which both sides provide detailed responses to questions raised in a previous meeting.

  • January 29, 1972

    Preliminary Conference between Delegates of North and South Korea

    This conversation focuses on the delegate of the North suggesting that both parties should carry letters of confidence to prove both of their legitimacy, but the delegate of the South believes this is unnecessary

  • March 07, 1972

    Preliminary Meeting between Delegates of North and South Korea focusing on Official Visits

    This meeting lays out the specific procedure of how official visits are to be carried out between North Korea and South Korea.

  • March 10, 1972

    Preliminary Meeting Between Delegates of North and South Korea During Which the Details of Official Visits Laid Out by the South are Accepted

    This exchange is the North's response to their previous meeting during which the South laid out the specific details it had in mind for official visits. The North accepts thyese details and awaits the next meeting where the South will give a specific time for its official visit to the North.

  • March 14, 1972

    Preliminary Discussion between North and South Korea at the Freedom House in Panmunjeom on Official Visits

    During this meeting the details of official visits are discussed with the South stating that Jang Gi-yeong (ex-Vice Premier and current President of Hankook Ilbo) and his assistant Jeoung Tae- Yyeon (Hankook Ilbo correspondent to Japan) would visit the North at 12:00, April 25th. Further, the delegate from North Korea suggests that their should be a meeting between such high-ranking officials as Lee Hu-rak (Director of the KCIA) and Kim Yeong-ju (the Director of Organization and Guidance) with the North in agreement to this proposal

  • March 16, 1972

    Preliminary Meeting between Delegates of North and South Korea Discussing Official Visits and Laying the Groundwork for a Meeting between High-Ranking Officials

    The North presses for Jang Gi-yeong to visit earlier, while announcing that Kim Yeong-ju agrees with the suggestion to meet with Lee Hu-rak.

  • March 17, 1972

    Preliminary Meeting between Kim Deok-hyun and Jeong Hong-jin

    South Korea suggests that the delgates of North and South Korea, respectively Kim Deok-hyun and Jeong Hong-jin, visit each respective capitol in order to make arrangements for a high-level meeting between Lee Hu-rak and Kim Yeong-ju

  • March 28, 1972

    Conversation with Kim Yeong-ju (1)

    Jeong Hong-jin meets with Kim Yeong-ju and delivers a message to him from Lee Hu-rak, who expresses that he must meet with Kim as soon as possible in order to bring about peaceful unification and the exchange of material and human resources that will facilitate this. In response, Kim Yeong-ju delivers his own message focusing specifically on mutual distrust, political differences, and the need to pool economic resources.

  • March 31, 1972

    Conversation with Kim Yeong-ju (2)

    Kim Yeong-ju delivers a final message to Lee Hu-rak in which he requests him to visit on April 12th, prior to a public proposal he is to make. Also, he discusses a like visit of Kim Deok-hyeon to the South, though he leaves the date of his visit to be discussed later

  • April 19, 1972

    Meeting with Director of KCIA Lee Hu-rak (1)

    Lee Hu-rak and Kim Deok-hyeon discuss the importance of holding meetings between Lee and Kim Yeong-ju in order to begin the process of building a rapport which will lead to working level meetings and laying the groundwork for reunification.

  • April 20, 1972

    Meeting with Director of KCIA Lee Hu-rak (2)

    Lee Hu-rak states that he cannot visit the North during April, but he proposes that when a high level meeting does take place a joint announcement by both sides should be made surrounding the details of said meeting.

  • May 04, 1972

    Conversation between Kim Il Sung and Lee Hu-rak

    Kim Il Sung presents his "Three Principles of National Reunification" as he and Lee Hu-rak debate whetherPak Seong-cheol's visit to Seoul should be preceded by a visit from Kim Yeong-ju.

  • May 31, 1972

    Conversation between Park Chung Hee and Pak Seong-cheol

    Park Chung Hee and Pak Seong-cheol discuss their commitment to the three principles of Korean unification, the need to create an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect, and the importance of resolving humanitarian issues through Red Cross meetings at Panmunjeom in order to encourage progress in higher-level discussions.

  • November 03, 1972

    Conversation between Lee Hu-rak and Kim Il Sung

    Kim Il Sung stresses the importance of reunification through the formation of the coordinating committee and emphasizes the role inter-Korean economic cooperation in facilitating dialogue.

  • March 09, 1973

    Meeting Minutes between Director Kim and Counselor Pierce

    Director Kim and Counselor Pierce discuss about the visit of U.S. officials to Seoul and a clash along the DMZ.

  • March 20, 1973

    Tenth Meeting between Delegates of North Korea and South Korea

    The DPRK delegation informs the ROK delegation that North Korea agrees with holding inter-Korean discussions among high-level officials.

  • March 22, 1973

    Eleventh Meeting Between Delegates from North Korea and South Korea

    The North and South Korean delegations discuss the details of the next inter-Korean meeting between high-level officials.

  • January 30, 1974

    Meeting between Minister Hong and the Soviet Ambassador to Rwanda

    South Korean Minister Hong and the Ambassador of the Soviet Union to Rwanda, Grigory Vasilyevich, discuss the Soviet Union's position toward the Korean issue as well as perspectives on the PRC-DPRK relationship.