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December 16, 1959

REPORT, EMBASSY OF HUNGARY IN NORTH KOREA TO THE HUNGARIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY

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    Gábor Dobozi reports on statements made during a dinner party thrown by the East German ambassador regarding Korean reunification and the situation in Panmunjeom.
    "Report, Embassy of Hungary in North Korea to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry," December 16, 1959, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, MOL, XIX-J-1-j Korea, 7. doboz, 5/f, 001711/1/1960. Translated for NKIDP by Balazs Szalontai. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/113403
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On 10 December the [East] German Ambassador had a dinner party on the occasion of his departure. […] I had a conversation with the Korean head of the Korean-Chinese Armistice Commission. I asked him whether the international détente was perceptible in Panmunjeom too. He told me that it was not, because the Americans dropped perhaps an even larger number of agents behind North Korean lines than they had done before. The general expounded that they would soon put an end to the provocations of the Americans, because they “would unite Korea next year.” Then he spoke of the unity and correct policies of the Korean Workers' Party as if it were the guarantee of the unification of the country. The general was obviously in a state of intoxication. Interestingly, the Polish member of the Neutral [Nations Supervisory] Commission was of the opinion that at present, the Americans were “silent” in Panmunjeom.


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Gábor Dobozi
Chargé d'Affaires ad interim