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Kim Il Sung-Tito Correspondences, 1973-1979

Between 1973 and 1979, Josip Broz Tito and Kim Il Sung exchanged no fewer than 25 items of correspondence. These sources shine light on North Korea’s engagement with the Third World, and later with the US, and underline the Yugoslav leader’s importance within Pyongyang’s foreign policy during the 1970s. This collection is introduced and analyzed by Martin Coles in a series of postings on Sources & Methods: "Neighbors in Non-Alignment: The Tito-Kim Correspondence, 1973-1979".

  • March 11, 1973

    Message of the President of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Kim Il Sung to the President of the [Socialist Federal] Republic [of Yugoslavia] J.B. Tito

    Kim Il Sung writes regarding the visit of the DPRK parliamentary delegation to Yugoslavia. He stresses the need to further strengthen relations through the DPRK’s parliamentary delegation in Yugoslavia. He is grateful for Yugoslavia's support in the DPRK’s fight for unification.

  • July 07, 1973

    Message from the President of Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kim Il Sung, to the President of the [Socialist Federal] Republic [of Yugoslavia], Josip Broz Tito

    Kim Il Sung asks President Tito to support the North Korean government’s efforts for the peaceful unification of the Peninsula.

  • July 22, 1973

    President Tito's Response to Kim Il Sung's Message of July 7, 1973

    Tito encourages bilateral relations between Yugoslavia and North Korea, and offers his support for the peaceful unification of the Korean Peninsula.

  • September 18, 1973

    Message from the President of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kim Il Sung, to the President of the [Socialist Federal] Republic [of Yugoslavia], J.B. Tito

    At the conclusion of the 4th Non-Aligned Conference in Algeria, Kim congratulates Tito on the success of the conference, and requests his support for the adoption of the resolution on the ‘Korean problem’ at the United Nations.

  • May 23, 1974

    Letter and Message from the President of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kim Il Sung, to President Josip Broz Tito

    Kim Il Sung asks Tito to help put pressure on the US to have direct talks with the DPRK. He also describes his efforts to build strong relations with the Third World.

  • July 23, 1974

    President Tito's Reply [to the Letter and Message from Kim Il Sung]

    Tito agrees with Kim on the importance of reunification and the need for US troops to withdraw from South Korea.

  • March 01, 1975

    Message from the President of the [Democratic People's] Republic of Korea, Kim Il Sung, to the President of the [Socialist Federal] Republic [of Yugoslavia], Josip Broz Tito

    In remarks conveyed to Tito, Kim Il Sung asks for the support of Yugoslavia in admitting the DPRK into the Non-Aligned Movement with full membership. Elsewhere, he expresses his recognition of Non-Aligned politics, especially the role of Yugoslavia and President Tito in the international community.

  • June 28, 1975

    Message from the President of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kim Il Sung, to the President of the [Socialist Federal] Republic [of Yugoslavia], Josip Broz Tito

    Kim Il Sung asks President Tito to influence President Suharto so that Indonesia will help with the DPRK’s admission into the Non-Aligned Movement, while at the same time opposing the efforts of South Korea. He thanks Tito for the hospitality shown during his recent visit to Yugoslavia.

  • September 10, 1975

    Oral Message from the President of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kim Il Sung, to the President of the [Socialist Federal] Republic [of Yugoslavia], Josip Broz Tito

    Kim Il Sung offers thanks for Yugoslavia’s active support of the DPRK in the Non-Aligned Movement. Elsewhere, he expresses gratitude that the DPRK has a great friend in President Tito and the people of Yugoslavia.

  • November 04, 1975

    Message from the President of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kim Il Sung, to the President of the [Socialist Federal] Republic [of Yugoslavia], Josip Broz Tito

    Kim Il Sung expresses his gratitude to President Tito and the Yugoslav government for their active engagement and assistance in the adoption of the draft resolution, supported by 43 other UN members states, supporting the DPRK's proposal for reunification. He says that the friendship between Yugoslavia and Korea will continue to strengthen in the future, as will bilateral relations between the two countries.

  • January 22, 1976

    Oral Message from the President of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kim Il Sung, to the President of the [Socialist Federal] Republic [of Yugoslavia], Josip Broz Tito

    Kim Il Sung wishes President Tito a good recovery. Kim expresses the need for the further consolidation of the results of his visit to Yugoslavia the previous year. Kim wishes to express his opinion on the upcoming Non-Aligned Movement summit and Tito’s upcoming visit to Latin America.

  • March 06, 1976

    President Tito's Response [to Kim Il Sung's Message of January 22, 1976]

    Tito discusses the importance of the fifth summit of the Non-Aligned Movement.

  • March 25, 1976

    Message from the President of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kim Il Sung, to the President of the [Socialist Federal] Republic [of Yugoslavia], Josip Broz Tito

    Kim shares his opinion with the preparations for the upcoming fifth Non-Aligned Movement summit in Colombo. Elsewhere, he discusses issues in Korea and problems related to South Korea.

  • August 01, 1976

    Message from the President of the DPR Korea, Kim Il Sung, to the President of the [Socialist Federal] Republic [of Yugoslavia], Josip Broz Tito

    Kim expresses regret that he could not attend the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Colombo. He notes that the Prime Minister, Pak Seong-cheol, will attend in his place. Elsewhere, he discusses the political situation in South Korea, and the work of the summit.

  • November 17, 1976

    Response of the President of the [Socialist Federal] Republic [of Yugoslavia], J.B. Tito [to Kim Il Sung's Message of August 1, 1976]

    Tito expresses his apologies that he could not visit DPRK just after the Non-Aligned Movement summit.

  • April 11, 1977

    Oral Message from the President of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kim Il Sung, to the President of the [Socialist Federal] Republic [of Yugoslavia], Josip Broz Tito

    Kim is grateful for Yugoslavia’s past and continued assistance on the unification issue. Elsewhere, he discusses the economic and political situation in Korea, a hostile incident caused by the South Korean army, and other issues relating to the unification of Korea. He is also pleased that Tito’s upcoming visit to Pyongyang has been agreed upon.

  • October 24, 1977

    Note from Milovoje Maksić

    A special deputy of Kim Il Sung delivered comradely greetings to Tito and said thankful messages about relations between the Korean News Agency and Tanjug.

  • March 06, 1978

    Message from the President of the [Democratic] People's Republic of Korea and the Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, Kim Il Sung, to the President of the [SF] Republic [of Yugoslavia], Josip Broz Tito.

    Kim Il Sung criticizes Park Chung Hee and says the United States should "remove" him.

  • March 28, 1978

    Response of the President of the [Socialist Federal] Republic [of Yugoslavia], J.B. Tito, to Kim Il Sung

    During his visit to the United States, Tito stressed that relations between states should be based on equality and independence. Regarding the possibility of dialogue between the US and the DPRK, Yugoslavia could help with a low level trilateral dialogue.

  • June 15, 1978

    Message from the Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea and the President of the People's Republic of Korea, Kim Il Sung, to the President of the [SF] Republic [of Yugoslavia], Josip Broz Tito.

    Kim acknowledges Tito's full support for the reunification of Korean peninsula, and says that he is considering the proposal for low level talks between the United States, South Korea and the DPRK.