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  • February 27, 1968

    Memorandum on a Conversation with the Acting Director of the Office of Liaison for the Diplomatic Corps, Comrade Ri Seong-ryong, on 27 February 1968 from 9.00 to 9.40

    In the aftermath of the USS Pueblo Incident, Ri Seong-ryong instructs the German Embassy to build a bomb shelter.

  • February 27, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.051, Urgent

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK summarizes a briefing at the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs in which foreign diplomats were encouraged to build bunkers in anticipation of an armed conflict on the Korean Peninsula.

  • February 28, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.053, Regular

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK summarizes war preparations undertaken by both North and South Korea in the aftermath of the Blue House Raid and the seizure of the USS Pueblo.

  • February 28, 1968

    Note from P. Shelest to CPSU Central Committee

    A note from P. Shelest to the CC CSPU regarding a suspicious incident relating to Czechoslovak unrest.

  • February 29, 1968

    Report, Embassy of Hungary in North Korea to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    The Romanian Delegation is received in Pyongyang to discuss relations between the two countries.

  • February 29, 1968

    Report, Embassy of Hungary in North Korea to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    Hungarian Embassy reports on terms of a request from the DPRK to the GDR, asking the Germans for the mutual exchange of scientists, along with purchasing various tools and technologies. The GDR asks the DPRK to appeal to the Soviet Union before pursuing the agreement any further.

  • March 01, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.054, Urgent

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK conveys the results of meeting between the Hungarian Ambassador and Kim Changbong, the Minister of Defense of the DPRK, and discusses relations between China and North Korea.

  • March 03, 1968

    On Current Relations between the DPRK and the PRC

    The GDR Embassy in North Korea says that relations between Beijing and Pyongyang have improved following the Blue House Raid and USS Pueblo incident.

  • March 04, 1968

    GDR Embassy Letter to State Secretary Hegen

    A wide-ranging report written by the East German Ambassador on the USS Pueblo Incident, inter-Korean relations, North Korean military and defense policies, the juche ideology, economic development in the DPRK, and North Korea's foreign relations.

  • March 13, 1968

    Informal remarks by Czechoslovak Chief of General Staff, Gen. Otakar Rytír, at a Confidential Meeting of General Staff Officials, Prague

    General Otakar Rytír examines Czechoslovakia’s role within the Warsaw Treaty and discusses how it must be militarily independent, while still remaining loyal to the USSR.

  • March 14, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No.76.064, Regular

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK summarizes a meeting with Baek Nam-un, the President of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK, in which Baek's visit to Romania and the USS Pueblo crisis were discussed.

  • March 17, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.068, Urgent

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK reports on discussions held between DPRK Minister of National Defense, Kim Changbong, and Leonid Brezhnev on Soviet intervention in the event that an armed conflict were to break out in Korea.

  • March 17, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.069, Urgent

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK reports on China's relations with North Korea following the Blue House Raid and the seizure of the USS Pueblo.

  • March 21, 1968

    Memorandum from the Secretary of the Transcarpathian Oblast, Ukrainian CP about tensions in Czechoslovakia

    A report on a conversation between Yu. V. Il’nyts’kyi, Secretary of the Transcarpathian Oblast of the Ukrainian CP, and Jan Koscelanský, 1st Secretary of the KSC’s East Slovakia regional committee on the developing situation in Czechoslovakia.

  • March 23, 1968

    Airgram from the Embassy of the US in Rio De Janeiro to the Department of State, 'Assessment of Brazilian Nuclear Device Capability'

    The US Embassy in Rio De Janeiro sends airgram to the Department of State with a technical and political assessment of Brazil's nuclear capacity.

  • March 29, 1968

    Record of the Plenum of the Bulgarian Communist Party Central Communist, Sofia

    Excerpts of the Minutes of discussion from the Bulgarian Communist Party Plenum regarding the situation in Czechoslovakia.

  • March 30, 1968

    Report, Embassy of Hungary in India to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    Report from Hungarian Ambassador in Delhi Péter Kós to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry on India's increasingly flexible position on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

  • April 03, 1968

    Secret North Vietnam Politburo Cable

    The Vietnamese Politburo informs COSVN (the communist command in South Vietnam) of developments in the war following the 1968 Tet Offensive.

  • April 06, 1968

    Memorandum from Czech Ambassador Holub in Pyongyang to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Ambassador Holub reports on the DPRK's increased military mobilization and propaganda.

  • April 08, 1968

    Secret North Vietnam Politburo Cable

    The Vietnamese Politburo informs COSVN (the communist command in South Vietnam) of developments in the United States domestic politics which have impacted President Johnson's strategy in Vietnam. It also discusses goals for the upcoming diplomatic contacts with the US.