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March 09, 1950

TELEGRAM FROM SHTYKOV TO VYSHINSKY

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    In a telegram to Shytykov which he then relays to Vyshinsky, Kim Il Sung writes that North Korea requests of the Soviet Union military and technical support. In return, North Korea is sending the natural resources such as gold and silver to Soviet Union. Kim requests that a
    "Telegram from Shtykov to Vyshinsky," March 09, 1950, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, APRF, Listy 131-132, Fond and Opis not given; and AVPRF, Fond 059a, Opis 5a, Delo 4, Papka 11, Listy 149-150. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/112040
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Ciphered telegram Strictly Secret
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From Pyongyang.
To Vyshinsky.

I transmit the text of a note received from the chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of the DPRK:
"The Cabinet of Ministers of the Korean People's Democratic Republic reports to you about the following:

In 1950 the Korean People's Democratic Republic, in order to strengthen the people's army and to fully equip it with arms, ammunition and technical equipment, asked the Soviet government to send to Korea military-technical equipment in the amount of 120-150 million rubles, in accordance with an application made earlier to the Government of the USSR.

The Korean People's Democratic Republic correspondingly will deliver to the Soviet Union this year:
9 tons of gold -- 53,662,900 rubles
40 tons of silver -- 1,887,600 rubles
15,000 tons of monazite concentrate -- 79,500,000 rubles
In all a sum of 133,050,500 rubles.


Korea is interested in the soonest possible receipt of the goods indicated in this application.

I ask you to inform the Soviet government of our request.


Kim Il Sung
Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Korean People's Democratic Republic."


9.III.50 SHTYKOV