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  • December 10, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Nuclear Reprocessing

    The U.S. Ambassador to Korea Richard Sneider outlines follow up approaches in U.S. policy toward South Korea's planned purchase of a French reprocessing plant.

  • December 11, 1975

    Cooperative plan between the Czechoslovak Ministry of the Interior and the Soviet KGB from the summer of 1976 to 1980

    This cooperation agreement seeks to use Czechoslovak-Soviet cooperation as a means to achieve the following objectives: (1) subverting attempts by hostile factions to infiltrate both countries' national and joint staff and military bodies having access to classified military information; (2) detection and obstruction of attempts by state enemies to carry out subversive acts against national and joint armed forces; (3) perfection of counter-intelligence security actions by the Warsaw Treaty united command; and (4) prevention and timely detection of possible leaks of classified information.

  • December 11, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, British Embassy Approach on KORI II

    The U.S. Embassy in Seoul outlines Britain's approach toward South Korea's nuclear program.

  • December 12, 1975

    GDR Ambassador Pyongyang to Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Berlin

    Excerpt from East German ambassador's message about celebrations in North Korea initiated by Kim Jong Il.

  • December 12, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, Korean Reprocessing

    The Acting Secretary of State met with South Korean Ambassador Hahm to discuss South Korea's nuclear program and planned purchase of a French reprocessing plant.

  • December 16, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Nuclear Reprocessing; Canadian Approach

    A heavily redacted cable from U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Richard Sneider on the South Korean nuclear program.

  • December 16, 1975

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No. 059.349

    Nanu discusses the focus that US and PRC places on the tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The US refuses to withdraw its forces from the peninsula and instead proposes an international reunion to discuss the issue while China supports a direct bilateral meeting between the DPRK and the US.

  • December 16, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Nuclear Reprocessing

    The U.S. Embassy in Seoul reports on a meeting held between Ambassador Sneider annd Yi Chong-sok and Yun Yong-ku on South Korea's planned purchase of a French reprocessing plant.

  • December 18, 1975

    Memorandum to Holders of Special National Intelligence Estimate, SNIE 4-1-74: Prospects for Further Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

    This estimate updates the 1974 predictions, and analyzes the “earliest dates of the technical feasibility of possession of a nuclear device” of the Republic of China, Pakistan, South Africa, The Republic of Korea, Argentina and Brazil, among others.

  • December 29, 1975

    Committee for State Security Report on Anti-Soviet Propaganda and Anti-Socialist Elements

    The Committee for State Security reported on statements from the French and Italian Communist party leaders being used in anti-Soviet propaganda and broadcasted on western radio stations. The use of these statements caused a debate over socialist ideology, human rights, and freedoms. The report looks at prior anti-socialist activity and results of actions in places such as Hungary and Poland. The role of the KGB and decrease in crime rate is also discussed.

  • December 30, 1975

    Letter, Jorge Risquet to Fidel Castro, Luanda

    Risquet to Fidel Castro, Luanda on the high morale of Cuban commanders and soldiers in Angola

  • December 31, 1975

    Memorandum from George S. Springsteen, Executive Secretary, to National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft, 'Nuclear Suppliers Guidelines'

    This document comprises the instructions which the White House approved for the September 1975 suppliers’ meeting. At the November meeting, the suppliers completed negotiations on guidelines. Basic provisions included agreement to seek assurances by recipients of supplies not to produce nuclear explosive devices, physical security for installations and materials, transfer of trigger list items only under IAEA safeguards, restraint in transfer of sensitive technologies, facilities and materials, and the encouragement of supplier involvement in, and multinational controls over, sensitive installations. Appended to the guidelines was a two page “trigger list” based on the Zangger Committee’s list.

  • December 31, 1975

    Todor Zhivkov, Reports to Bulgarian Communist Party Politburo on his Visit to Cuba

    Todor Zhivkov reports his impressions of his recent visit to Cuba. The report is a rough outline of topics ranging from advancements in the Cuban revolution since 1959 to prospective ways to improve Bulgarian-Cuban relations. In the report Zhivkov presents his assessment of the Cuban Communist Party congress. Party documents show a maturing understanding of Marxism-Leninism and a new clarity in the Cuban Communist Party as a whole. Zhivkov’s report includes examples of Cuba’s self-criticism and Zhivkov’s own criticism of Cuba’s leadership. Some topics of discussion include: cultural and economic specialist exchanges, the price of sugar, Cuba’s increased collaboration with Soviet Union and other socialist nations, and economic subsidies and aid.

  • 1976

    Plan for the Working Meetings between Bulgarian and Hungarian Ministries of the Interior for 1976

    Meeting schedules of the working groups.

  • 1976

    Analysis of China's Foreign Policy by the Czechoslovak Embassy in Beijing

    This document examines Chinese attempts to foster Western European integration as a counterbalance to the US. Also discussed is the relationship between NATO countries and China and its impact on Soviet-Sino relations, military cooperation between China and Western Europe, and the relations between China and West Germany.

  • January, 1976

    Institute for the Study of Contemporary Problems of Capitalism Report, 'Trends of Western Radio Propaganda Broadcast in Polish'

    This document is an example of the monthly analyses of Western broadcasting to Poland prepared by the Interior Ministry-affiliated Institute for the Study of Contemporary Problems of Capitalism (Instytut Badania Współczesnych Problemów Kapitalizmu). It is representative of the extensive cottage industry devoted to such analyses that developed in Poland in the 1970s.

  • 1976

    Korea: Uneasy Truce in the Land of the Morning Calm (New York: American-Korean Friendship and Information Center, 1976)

    The AFKIC introduces its mission, the history of Korea, and the current situation on the Peninsula.

  • 1976

    Memorandum on the Problem of Disarmament and Security, Submitted to the Netherlands Parliament

    Memorandum giving an overview of Dutch policy balancing nuclear disarmament and security needs. It cites the need for a "reality check" and noting that the "current security system" of nuclear deterrence cannot be overhauled or improved on by sudden changes that activist groups like the Interchurch Peace Council propose. The memorandum stresses the importance of weighing the risks that come with abandoning the current security system and those involved with creating or joining an new security system.

  • January 03, 1976

    Excerpt from Chernyaev Diary on Dissidents in the Soviet Union

    Chemyaev writes on a meeting of the Politburo when Andropov presented a memo on dissidents and political prisoners in the USSR.

  • January 05, 1976

    Political Report for the Month of December 1975, 'Pacific Nuclear-free Zone and the ANZUS Pact'

    New Zealand concerns the incompatibility between the proposal of the Pacific Nuclear-free Zone and the ANZUS Pact