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October 13, 1950

CIPHERED TELEGRAM FROM FENG XI (STALIN) TO KIM IL SUNG (VIA SHTYKOV)

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    A telegram from Stalin to Shtykov for Kim Il Sung relaying the decision of the Chinese to support North Korea with their troops. This decision is a marked reversal of the negative message sent 3 October by Mao.
    "Ciphered Telegram from Feng Xi (Stalin) to Kim Il Sung (via Shtykov)," October 13, 1950, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, APRF, fond 45, opis 1, delo 347, listy 74-75. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/113744
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Ciphered Telegram # 75525/4/6759
(incoming #3735/shs)
(Stalin's hand-written note)

PYONGYANG

To SHTYKOV for Comrade Kim Il Sung

I have just received a telegram from Mao Zedong in which he reports that the CC CPC [Central Committee of the Communist Party of China] discussed the situation [in Korea] again and decided after all to render military assistance to the Korean comrades, regardless of the insufficient armament of the Chinese troops. I am awaiting detailed reports about this matter from Mao Zedong. In connection with this new decision of the Chinese comrades, I ask you to postpone temporarily the implementation of the telegram sent to you yesterday about the evacuation of North Korea and the retreat of the Korean troops to the north.

Feng Xi [STALIN]

13 Oct 1950
[typed:] Sent on 13.X.50