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Soviet Union-North Korea Relations

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

  • 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.

  • February 26, 1964

    Memorandum of a Conversation with the Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK c. V.P. Moskowskyi.

    Moskowskyi reviews the conversation between the Korean Ambassador Ri Song-un and Khrushchev.

  • June 29, 1964

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

    The Hungarian Ambassador to North Korea reports on a trade dispute between North Korea and the Soviet Union.

  • July 02, 1964

    Note about a Conversation with the Ambassador of the USSR, Comrade Moskovsky

    North Korean Deputy Minister Ri Ju-yeon complains about worsening economic relations between North Korea and the Soviet Union, the GDR, and Czechoslovakia.

  • September 11, 1964

    Letter from the Korean Workers Party Central Committee to the Central Committee of the CPSU

    The Socialist Unity Party of Germany reports on a critique by North Korea concerning the Soviet Union's effort to call a meeting of all socialist/communist countries. In the attached letter, North Korea expresses concern for a split between socialist countries.

  • October 01, 1964

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

    Hungarian diplomats discuss a five-year agreement between North Korea and the Soviet Union for the exchange of lumber.

  • January 08, 1965

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

    The Hungarian Embassy to North Korea reports on information obtained through Soviet ambassador to North Korea, Vasily Moskovsky. The report summarizes negotiations between Alexei Kosygin, Soviet Council of Ministers Chairman, and a North Korean delegation to Moscow. The visit included discussions on the Soviet Union's military support to North Korea, particularly North Korea's distrust of Soviet support. The report notes, topics of discussion included the Cuban Missile Crisis, Gulf of Tonkin incident, and national liberation struggle in Asia and Africa.

  • February 13, 1965

    Record of a Final Toast made by Comrade Kosygin and by Kim Il Sung during the Reception at the Soviet Embassy on February 13th, 1965

    At a final toast made my Kosygin and Kim Il Sung, the two agree to sign a communique and emphasize their common mission to fight against imperialism.

  • March 02, 1965

    Telegram, Chinese Embassy in North Korea, 'Transmittal of the Situation of the Soviet-Korean Talks' and the Discussion between Kim Il Sung and Kosygin

    Report to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on a North Korean student's very negative description of the discussions between Kim Il Sung and Alexei Kosygin in Pyongyang in February 1965.

  • March 05, 1965

    Record of Conversation between Qiao Guanhua and the DPRK Ambassador to China Pak Se-chang

    A conversation between Qiao Guanhua and the DPRK Ambassador to China Pak Se-chang on Premier Kim Il Sung’s visit to Indonesia and Alexei Kosygin’s visit to Korea.

  • May 21, 1965

    Record of Conversation between Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Vasily Kuznetsov and the North Korean Ambassador to the Soviet Union Kim Byeong-jik

    On behalf of Kim Il Sung, Ambassador Kim Byeong-jik expresses thanks to the Soviet Union for their donation of weapons and military equipment in the amount of 150 million rubles.

  • July 12, 1965

    Changes in the Leadership of the Korean Workers Party and the Government of North Korea

    Report about the improvement of North Korean relations with East Germany and the Soviet Union. A slight pejoration of North Korean-Chinese relations is also marked.

  • December 20, 1965

    Memorandum of Conversation between the Korean Ambassador Kim Byeong-jik and Sudarikov

    The document is a record of discussions between the Korean ambassador to Russia and Kim Il Sung pertaining to the relations between North Korea and Russia. They suggest they will continue to improve and that so will business relations.

  • October 20, 1966

    Report, Embassy of Hungary in the Soviet Union to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    The Hungarian Embassy reports on North Korea's relations with the Soviet Union and China and Japan's foreign relations.

  • December 02, 1966

    First Secretary of the Soviet Embassy in North Korean Reports on Sino-Korean Relations in 1966

    A. Borunkov evaluates Sino-North Korean relations in 1966, focusing on the divergences between China and North Korea over the Vietnam War, interpretations of Marxism-Leninism, and the Cultural Revolution.

  • March 19, 1967

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No.76.098, TOP SECRET, March 19, 1967

    A Romanian Embassy report on the state of an economic cooperation agreement between North Korea and the Soviet Union.

  • May 02, 1967

    Regarding Some Issues about Soviet-North Korean Relations

    A Czech report on Soviet-North Korean relations in the wake of visit of Kim Il Sung to Moscow.

  • June 02, 1967

    On Some Issues of Soviet-Korean Relations

    The Czechoslovakian Ambassador to Moscow reports on Soviet-North Korean relations, describing a visit to the Soviet Union by Kim Il Sung and a North Korean delegation which was meant to increase economic cooperation between the two countries.