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Soviet Union-North Korea Relations

This collection of documents is about the relationship between the Soviet Union and North Korea.

  • 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 14, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 14 December 1960

    Emil Stanciu and A.M. Puzanov share information obtained from separately interacting with Kim Il Sung and his close aides, commenting that Korean leaders barely mention the aid which the Soviet Union and other socialist countries are giving the DPRK.

  • March 01, 1961

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

    Hungarian Ambassador Károly Práth reports on the changing position of the Korean Workers' Party between the Soviet Union and China.

  • 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.

  • April 18, 1961

    Report on Political Development in the DPRK

    An analysis on the political development in the DPRK, including the Juche ideology, and North Korean foreign policies.

  • April 05, 1962

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

    Report from Hungarian Ambassador József Kovács on criticism of Soviet revisionism from within the Korean Workers' Party and the increase of institutional paranoia in North Korea, especially of foreigners and foreign-born Koreans.

  • August 27, 1962

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

    A report by Hungarian Ambassador József Kovács on his meeting with Soviet Ambassador Moskovsky in which the two discussed the state of Soviet-North Korean relations.

  • November 16, 1962

    Information on the DPRK Position Regarding Measures by the Soviet Government for a Peaceful Resolution of the Cuba Conflict and Regarding the Chinese-Indian Border Conflict

    The reporter notes that the Korean press, Kim Il Sung, and the Korean Labor Party didn't talk much about Soviet aid for Cuba, and that North Korea supports China in the Chinese-Indian boundary dispute.

  • December 08, 1962

    Cable from Hao Deqing, 'On The Talks between Pak Geum-cheol and Ambassador Hao'

    Hao Deqing reports on a conversation concerning Eastern Europe's criticisms of China and Soviet-North Korean relations with Pak Geum-cheol.

  • December 29, 1962

    Memorandum of Conversation between Soviet Ambassador to North Korea Vasily Moskovsky and North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Seongcheol

    The refusal of the North Koreans to publicly announce the preparation of a KWP plenum raises Soviet Ambassador’s suspicions about whether the loyalty of the Korean leadership stands with the Soviets or with the Chinese.

  • January 03, 1963

    Record of Conversation between Soviet Ambassador to North Korea Vasily Moskovsky and North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Seongcheol

    A very detailed account of the conversations around the table at an ambassadors dinner hosted by the North Korean Foreign Minister in which North Korea's relations with China and the Soviet Union are discussed.

  • February 19, 1963

    Cable from Hao Deqing, 'Comrade Hao Deqing Reports on the Contents of the Conversation from his Meeting with Premier Kim'

    Hao Deqing and Kim Il Sung discuss a visit by Yuri Andropov to North Korea.

  • April 01, 1963

    Memorandum of Conversation between Soviet Ambassador to North Korea Vasily Moskovsky and North Korean Foreign Ministry Official Pak Yeong-guk

    A comment made by Pak Yeong-guk raises some suspicion that the North Koreans might be insincere in their official communications with the Soviets.

  • April 06, 1963

    From the Diary of Soviet Ambassador to North Korea Vasily Moskovsky

    Vasily Moskovsky’s thoughts on the policy of Moscow towards North Korea amidst the Sino-Soviet split.

  • August 22, 1963

    Memorandum of Conversation between Soviet Ambassador to North Korea Vasily Moskovsky and Romanian Ambassador to North Korea [M.] Bodnaras [1]

    The Romanian Ambassador in North Korea informs Soviet Ambassador Moskovsky about his recent conversation with Kim Il Sung in which Kim commented on North Korea's relations with China and the Soviet Union.

  • September 04, 1963

    From the Diary of Soviet Ambassador to North Korea Vasily Moskovsky

    An entry from the diary of Soviet Ambassador Moskovsky in which he comments that the North Koreans have started avoided talking about substantive matters with him.

  • September 04, 1963

    Record of Conversation between Soviet Ambassador to North Korea Vasily Moskovsky and First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the DPRK Kim Il

    Report from Soviet Ambassador Moskovsky on a conversation he held with Kim Il at the 15th anniversary celebration of the founding of the DPRK.

  • September 06, 1963

    Memorandum of a Conversation of c. Moravec with the USSR Ambassador to the DPRK

    C. Moskovskyi asked c. Moravec about celebration ceremonies in the DPRK and for clarification of the KWP's positions on foreign policies. The Soviet Union is allegedly interested in establishing economic ties with South Korea.

  • September 26, 1963

    From the Diary of Soviet Ambassador to North Korea Vasily Moskovsky

    An entry from the diiary of Soviet Ambassador Moskovsky in which he criticizes his predecessor, Ambassador Puzanov, for relying too much on the advice of Kim Il Sung.

  • January 07, 1964

    Memorandum of a Conversation with the USSR Ambassador, c. V. P. Moskovskyi

    Soviet Ambassador Moskovsky talks with the Cuban Ambassador to Pyongyang about the foreign policies of North Korea and, in particular, North Korea's position in the Sino-Soviet split.