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  • April 04, 1957

    Notes from a Conversation between the 1st Secretary of the PRL Embassy in the DPRK with the 1st Secretary of the Embassy of the USSR, Comrade Pimenov of 26-27-28-29.III.1957

    Brzezinski Henryk and Comrade Pimenov discuss political groups in North Korea, Soviet specialists in the DPRK, the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission, and the reunification of Korea.

  • October 16, 1957

    Notes from a Conversation between the 1st Secretary of the PRL Embassy in the DPRK with Comrade Pimenov, 1st Secretary of the Embassy of the USSR, on 15.X.1957

    Brzezinski Henryk and Pimenov discuss the situation in the Korean Workers' Party and the activities of Pak Chang-ok and Choe Chang-ik.

  • October 24, 1957

    Notes from a Conversation between the 1st Secretary of the PRL Embassy in the DPRK with Comrade Pelishenko, Counselor of the Embassy of the USSR

    Brzezinski Henryk and Comrade Pelishenko discuss the "August Group" in North Korea, providing details on the investigations and arrests that followed the August 1956 Plenum.

  • November 03, 1957

    Notes from a Conversation between the 1st Secretary of the PRL Embassy in the DPRK and Comrade Makarov, Counselor of the Embassy of the USSR on 11.III.1957

    Brzezinski Henryk and Comrade Makarov discuss the economic situation in the DPRK and reveal that the DPRK has abandoned a policy of self-reliance, which has led to industrial reforms and changes in agricultural production, as well as the preparation of the first 5-year plan.

  • November 16, 1957

    Notes from a Conversation between the 1st Secretary of the PRL Embassy in the DPRK with Comr. Botsin, the Deputy Director of the Economic Office at the Embassy of the USSR

    The document features a conversation between Brzezinski Henryk and comrade Botsin regarding the economic situation in the DPRK for the 4th quarter of 1957. Comr. Botsin states that the basic problem of the Korean economy is a shortage of cotton, iron rod, and coking coal. He provides details regarding assistance from the Soviet Union.

  • November 27, 1957

    Notes from a Conversation between the 1st Secretary of the PRL Embassy in the DPRK with Comrade Berentz, 3rd Secretary of the Embassy of the GDR, on 26-27.XI.1957

    Brzezinski Henryk and Comrade Berentz describe the aid North Korea has received from East Germany to reconstruct the city of Hamheung as well as the impact of the August 1956 Plenum on that city.

  • January 13, 1958

    Notes from a Conversation between the 1st Secretary of the PRL Embassy in the DPRK with Go Hui-man, Director of the Industry Department of the CC, on 13.I.1958

    Brzezinski Henryk and Go Hwiman discuss the economic situation in North Korea.

  • February 03, 1958

    Note from Minister M. Naszkowski, 'Regarding the Political Situation in the DPRK'

    M. Naszkowski reports on the December 1957 Plenum of the Korean Workers' Party Central Committee and the continued emphasis on the "August Group" during the Plenum.

  • June 18, 1958

    A Report from Iwankow Boleslaw, Attache of the PRL Embassy, on the Five-Year Plan in North Korea

    A report featuring detailed statistics and information on North Korea's Five-Year Plan.

  • July 24, 1958

    A Note from Józef Knapik, Counselor of the PRL Embassy, regarding Agricultural Development in the DPRK and the Construction of the Gaecheon-Taeseong Irrigation System

    Józef Knapik describes the plans of the Korean Workers' Party to increase agricultural production in the DPRK by expanding agricultural areas, utilizing new crops, and through the construction of the Gaecheon-Taeseong irrigation system

  • September 04, 1959

    A Document from E. Sagala, the 2nd Secretary of the PRL Embassy, regarding the Administrative Restructuring of the DPRK Government.

    E. Sagala reports on the administrative restructuring of the North Korean government and the relationship between administrative changes and economic development in the DPRK.

  • November 19, 1959

    Report, Embassy of the Hungarian People’s Republic in the DPRK to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary

    Report from Ambassador Károly Práth to Budapest on a conversation he held with Deputy Foreign Minister Yu Changsik. Topics discussed included the sixth session of the DPRK’s Second Supreme People’s Assembly, the mechanization of agriculture in the DPRK, the need to increase quality in North Korean industry and the revisionism and consequent failures of Yugoslavia.

  • May 20, 1960

    Report, Embassy of the Hungarian People’s Republic in the DPRK to the Foreign Ministry of Hungary

    Hungarian Ambassador Károly Práth reports on a conversation he held with Yu Chang-sik about relations between the DPRK and the Republic of Guinea, the visit of an Algerian delegation to North Korea, and the need to strengthen the North Korean economy in light of provocations by the South.

  • August 18, 1960

    The 'Chollima' Movement of Accelerate the Development of Socialism in the DPRK

    Samsonov discusses the "Chollima" movement that is launched to accelerate the economic development in the DPRK.

  • December 13, 1960

    Excerpts from 'Nodong Sinmun,' 13 December 1960

    The report of General Ra Se-kjon describes the visit of the PRC Military Delegation to a number of factories, communes and memorials in the DPRK in October-November 1960. General Ra Se-kjon describes the success of the Korean economy: the success of post-War reconstruction; the 5-year plan; the increased productivity of certain factories; the collectivization, irrigation, and electrification of the countryside; as well as education and the eradication of illiteracy.

  • March 14, 1961

    Report, Embassy of the GDR in the DPRK to the Foreign Policy and International Department of the Socialist Unity Party, GDR

    A report from the GDR Embassy in the DPRK on the impact on the DPRK of Chinese interpretations of socialist theory, the negative impacts of Kim Il Sung's personality cult, and the status of repatriation of Koreans in Japan.

  • August 11, 1961

    Some Problems of North Korea

    A report on North Korea's attitudes toward South Korea and North Korea's relations with the Soviet Union and China.

  • September 07, 1961

    Report on the Work of the Delegation of the ALP to the 4th Congress of the Korean Workers' Party

    Manush Myftiu reports on the 4th Congress of the Korean Workers’ Party.

  • May 16, 1963

    Memorandum of a Conversation between the Czech Ambassador to the DPRK, Comrade Moravec, with the Soviet Ambassador, Comrade Moskovskii, and the GDR Ambassador, Comrade Becker, on 23.IV.1963.

    The Ambassadors of Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union, and East Germany discuss North Korea's foreign relations, the reunification of Korea, and economic conditions in the DPRK.

  • June 20, 1963

    Information About the Policy of the Korean Workers Party from the East German Embassy

    Criticisms of the DPRK are made about Kim Il Sung's personality cult, concealment of socialist countries' support, waning cooperation with socialist countries, intensification of China-North Korea cooperation, and distancing from the Soviet Union.