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Inter-Korean Relations

A comprehensive collection of documents about the relationship between North Korea and South Korea from 1953 to the present. The collection highlights periods of conflict between the two Koreas as well as periods where one or both countries promoted cooperation and compromise in order to achieve the reunification of Korea. For more focused collections that deal with specific periods in inter-Korean relations, see (1) Inter-Korean Relations after the War, 1954-1961; (2) Inter-Korean Competition, 1961-1970; (3) Inter-Korean Dialogue, 1971-1972; (4) Demise of Detente in Korea, 1973-1975; and (5) Inter-Korean Dialogue, 1977-1980. Other related collections include: Korea at the United Nations, 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, and the Two Koreas and the Third World.

  • December 08, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 8 December 1960

    Kim Il expresses gratitude on the statement of Soviet Union on the issue of the peaceful reunification of Korea. Kim Chang-man mentions the DPRK VNS proposals which stress the peaceful reunification of Korea sweeps through the South Korea. He also reports that the South Korea currently suffer a serious electricity shortage. Ri Gyo-sun says there will be a massive propaganda on DPRK VNS proposals planned to Japan.

  • December 08, 1960

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

    Károly Práth reports on Czech-North Korean relations, Soviet-North Korean relations, and the status of inter-Korean relations and the prospects for reunification.

  • December 13, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 13 December 1960

    Pak Seong-cheol and Pak Yong-guk discuss the "rapidly-developing events in the South and the favorably developing international situation" with Puzanov.

  • February 27, 1961

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in North Korea, 'New Developments in the South Korean People’s Struggle'

    The Chinese Embassy in North Korea describes the South Korean movements for the reunification of the Korean Peninsula.

  • March 16, 1961

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

    A report by Hungarian Ambassador Károly Práth on a conversation he held with Soviet Ambassador Puzanov. Topics of discussions included the postponement of Nikita Khruschev to Pyongyang and the problem of international recognition of South Korea.

  • March 31, 1961

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in North Korea, 'Estimates Regarding the Development of South Korea’s Current Situation'

    A Chinese analysis of the protest movements in South Korea.

  • May 16, 1961

    Cable from Qiao Xiaoguang, 'The South Korean Military Coup Situation'

    North Korean and Chinese analyses of Park Chung Hee's coup in South Korea.

  • May 17, 1961

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in Sweeden, 'Swedish News Publications’ Comments on the South Korean Coup'

    The Chinese Embassy in Sweden summarizes the reaction in the local press to the coup in South Korea.

  • May 20, 1961

    Telegram from Ambassador Schneidewind on the Situation in Korea

    GDR Ambassador Schneidewind discusses anti-communist demonstrations in North Korea and South Korea's military coup.

  • May 21, 1961

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in North Korea, 'Contents of the May 18th North Korean Party Central Standing Committee Meeting'

    A Chinese report on a Meeting of the Central Standing Committee in which the North Koreans negatively reflected on the Park Chung Hee coup in South Korea.

  • May 26, 1961

    Cable from the Chinese Liaison Office in Gaesong, 'Xi-li’s View of the Current Situation in Korea'

    The Chinese Liaison Office in Gaesong describes a Czech General's assessment of the situation in South Korea. According to the General, the May Revolution in South Korea was single-handedly engineered by the United States and the situation is unlikely to be resolved in the absence of an improvement in Sino-US relations.

  • 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.

  • March 29, 1962

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

    Report on a conversation between GDR Provisional Chargé d’Affaires Stark and Com. Pak, head of the North Korean Foreign Ministry’s First Department. The two compared divided Germany with divided Korea.

  • March 29, 1962

    Note about a Conversation between Comrade Stark and Comrade Torbenkov, Counselor at the USSR Embassy in the DPRK

    Stark and Torbenkow discussed North Korean plans for reunification with South Korea. They considered the Korean Department of Foreign Affairs arguement for a confederation with the South to be dangerous. The Korean press supported this plan.

  • May 03, 1962

    Information on the Reunification Policy of the Korean Workers' Party

    A memorandum prepared by the First Extra-European Department of the East German Foreign Ministry on revisions within North Korea's reunification policies.

  • May 28, 1962

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

    A North Korean official presents an assessment of newspapers and the media in South Korea to a Hungarian diplomat.

  • June 04, 1962

    Information about a Conversation between the Ambassador of the DPRK Comrade Gwon Yeong-tae and Comrade Alfred Kurella

    The North Korean Amabassador in East Germany evaluates politics, the economy, schooling, and the military in South Korea

  • February 15, 1963

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

    Hungarian and Czech Ambassadors discuss the recent resolution by the Korean Workers Party to build up North Korea's defenses as well as the situation in South Korea.

  • April 22, 1963

    Record of Conversation between Soviet Ambassador to North Korea Vasily Moskovsky and Kim Il Sung

    Soviet Ambassador Moskovsky and Kim Il Sung discuss bilateral relations, industry and economic development iin North Korea, inter-Korean relations and Korean reunification, and ideology and socialist education in North Korea.

  • May 02, 1963

    The Development of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's Reunification Policy

    The report offers a summary and an evaluation of North Korea's reunification plans from 1945 through 1962.