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February 03, 1951

TELEGRAM FROM STALIN TO KIM IL SUNG, VIA RAZUVAEV

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    Stalin states that the Soviet Union has insufficient lead to supply China, Korea and itself, Stalin also asks for the exportation of lead ore from Korea to the USSR.
    "Telegram from Stalin to Kim Il Sung, via Razuvaev," February 03, 1951, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, APRF, Fond 45, Opis 1, Delo 348, List 22 https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/112099
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8th Administration of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the USSR
CIPHERED TELEGRAM No. 100320
To RAZUVAEV for KIM IL SUNG
To Comrade KIM IL SUNG.

We have insufficient lead not only for satisfying the needs of China and Korea, but also for our own needs. In view of this we have decided to send to Korea a group of Soviet specialists to assist the Korean organizations in working out measures for the restoration of mines, concentrating mills and lead factories for the purpose of increasing the production of lead. We would like also to organize the export of lead ore to the USSR, since it is not being processed now in Korea for [industrial] processing.

We hope that you will not be opposed to this.

We await your answer.

FYN-SI [Stalin].

No. 83/sh.
3 February 1951.