Korea at the United Nations
Until 1991, the United Nations was a key battleground in the inter-Korean struggle for legitimacy and global recognition.
November 23, 1963
Cable from the Chinese Embassy in North Korea
The Chinese Embassy in North Korea reports to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on North Korea's request for international support regarding a memorandum on Korean unification at the United Nations. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs then suggests how Chinese news agencies can express support.
September 07, 1966
Report on a Meeting between Enver Hoxha and DPRK Ambassador Baek Sunje
The transcript of the conversation notes North Korea's concerns about South Korea's increasing military size and the continued existence of the UN Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea. Hoxha gives his support for the DPRK position.
May 26, 1967
Letter, US Senator Vance Hartke to UN Secretary-General U Thant
U.S. Senator Vance Hartke inquires about the pending applications of North Vietnam and South Vietnam and North Korea and South Korea to gain entry into the United Nations, as well as the procedures involved for the dual admission of these divided nations.
October 11, 1967
Corrigendum of Letter, ROK Minister of Foreign Affairs to U Thant
The corrigendum of the letter from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea to the Secretary-General of the United Nations corrects the Republic of Korea's acceptance of the authority of the United Nations within the terms of the Charter to take action on the Korean question.
November 17, 1967
Letter, Pak Seong-cheol to Mr. Corneliu Manescu containing "Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea"
Pak Seong-cheol sends a letter containing "Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK" which denounces United States' enforcement of a General Assembly resolution on the Korean Question.
November 25, 1968
Letter, Korean Affairs Institute President Yongjeung Kim to UN Secretary-General U Thant, Concerning Resolution to Korean Question
Founder and President of the Korean Affairs Institute Yongjeung Kim encloses his letter to President of the General Assembly of the UN Dr. Emilio Arenales in his letter to U Thant. In the enclosed letter Yongjeung Kim outlines a resolution to the Korean question and asks Dr. Arenales to circulate the resolution throughout the General Assembly before their annual debate on the Korean problem.
November 27, 1968
Cable, UN Secretary-General U Thant to DPRK Foreign Affairs Minister Pak Seong-cheol
Secretary-General of the United Nations U Thant cables to Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Pak Seong-cheol that the two Koreas will be allowed to participate in the discussion of the Korean Question provided that they unequivocally accept the competence and authority of the United Nations and they will not have the right to vote on the decision.
May 14, 1969
Note, Secretary-General U Thant to the General Assembly, concerning UNCURK Report
Secretary-General of the United Nations U Thant transmits the report of the United Nations Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea in accordance with the General Assembly Resolution 2466 (XXIII) to the General Assembly.
July 02, 1969
Cable, UN Chef de Cabinet C.V. Narasimhan to UNCURK Principal Secretary Zouheir Kuzbari, Concerning the Inclusion of Korean Question in General Assembly Agenda
Chef de Cabinet of the United Nations C.V. Narasimhan cables Principal Secretary of the UN Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea Zouheir Kuzbari about ROK Foreign Minister Choi Kyu Hah's statement that the ROK government favors the inclusion of the Korean Question on the agenda for the twenty-fourth session of the General Assembly.
July 04, 1969
Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan, Concerning Student Protests and Korean Question
Principal Secretary of the UNCURK Zouheir Kuzbari updates Chef de Cabinet of the UN C.V. Narasimhan on Korean student protests against Park Chung Hee administration's contemplated amendment of the Constitution and the inclusion of the Korean question in the General Assembly.
August 18, 1969
Cables, Director of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General Kittani to UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari, Concerning Request of Supplementary Item on GA Agenda
Director of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the UN Ismat T. Kittani cables to Principal Secretary of the UNCURK about the request the addition of supplementary items to the twenty-fourth General Assembly agenda. The requests are titled "Withdrawal of United States and All Other Foreign Forces Occupying South Korea under the Flag of the United Nations" and "Dissolution of UNCURK."
October 02, 1969
Statement of ROK Government Concerning the Korean Question by Foreign Minister Choi Kyu Hah
On behalf of the government of the Republic of Korea, Minister of Foreign Affairs Choi Kyu Hah reaffirms the ROK's adherence to the purposes and principles of the UN, acceptance of UN authority on the Korean Question, and concern for North Korea's defiance of UN purposes, principles, and authority to the General Assembly of the UN.
November 06, 1969
Request to Include Item in Twenty-Fourth Session of UN General Assembly Agenda, 'Need to Put an End to the Discussion in the United Nations on the Unification of Korea'
Eighteen member states request the inclusion of an additional item entitled "Need to Put an End to the Discussion in the United Nations on the Unification of Korea" in the agenda of the twenty-fourth session of the United Nations General Assembly. The item calls for the stop of discussion on the unification of Korea in the General Assembly due to the lack of resolution in the Korean division, its creation of more complications, violation of international law, lack of moral authority, and self-determination of the Korean people to solve the unification problem by themselves.
December 05, 1969
Letter, DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Concerning DPRK's Rejection of Korean Question Resolution
DPRK Minister of Foreign Affairs Pak Seong-cheol releases a November 19 statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The statement conveys the DPRK's rejection of the UN's Korean question resolution, request for the withdrawal of foreign troops, dissolution of UNCURK, and Korean people's self-determined resolution.