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June 11, 1963

MEMORANDUM OF CONVERSATION BETWEEN SOVIET AMBASSADOR TO NORTH KOREA VASILY MOSKOVSKY AND THE FIRST DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS OF THE DPRK KIM IL

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    Vasily Moskovsky gives Kim Il confidential information regarding the foreign policy of the USSR and discusses the visit made by Fidel Castro to a missile regiment in the USSR.
    "Memorandum of Conversation between Soviet Ambassador to North Korea Vasily Moskovsky and the First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the DPRK Kim Il," June 11, 1963, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, AVPRF, fond 0102, opis 19, papka 97, delo 5, list 74. Obtained and translated for NKIDP by Sergey Radchenko. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/110496
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11 June 1963

In accordance with instructions from the center, [I] visited the First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the DPRK Kim Il. […] [I] read out the information to Kim Il [no further details given]. […]

Having attentively listened to me, comrade Kim Il thanked me for the confidential information regarding the foreign policy steps of the Soviet government.

He did not make any remarks regarding the essence of the information, having merely remarked that one must not trust the American imperialists and it is necessary to keep up one's guard with them.

In the course of the conversation that followed, I told comrade Kim Il about the impression that F[idel] Castro gained from his tour of the Soviet Union [in May 1963] and his visit to one missile regiment. Kim Il remarked that missiles are a good thing and added that one should let the Americans feel what kind of missiles these are [
chto predstavlyayut soboi eti rakety].