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May 31, 1977

TELEGRAM 066623 FROM THE ROMANIAN EMBASSY IN PYONGYANG TO THE ROMANIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

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    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang reports to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the efforts of Poland and other European socialist countries to befriend and include the DPRK in the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance.
    "Telegram 066623 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs," May 31, 1977, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Archive of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Folder 929/1977, Issue 220/E: Bilateral relations between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and several socialist countries in Europe (the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the People’s Republic of Poland, the German Democratic Republic and the People’s Republic of Hungary), April – December 1977. Obtained and translated for NKIDP by Eliza Gheorghe. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/114851
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TELEGRAM 066623

To: the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to comrade Ion Ciubotaru

From: the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang

Date: May 31, 1977

Classification: Secret

Referring to the economic relations between his country and the DPRK, Polish Embassy Advisor Piotr Glinski told A. Lazar about various difficulties as a result of the lack of a sufficient consumer goods stock and of large foreign debts the DPRK cannot currently repay. Poland, emphasized Glinski, would like to support its Korean counterpart in overcoming these difficulties and suggested that, apart from developing bilateral economic relations, the DPRK should consider adhering to the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance.

The Polish Advisor claimed that the DPRK received this year similar proposals from various socialist countries, including twice from Poland, yet the suggestions were not met with an encouraging response.

We consider that re-inviting the DPRK to become a member of the CMEA is a coordinated action part of the visible efforts of the USSR and other European socialist countries to befriend the DPRK, under the belief that economic difficulties will compel the DPRK to join the CMEA.

Signed: Dumitru Popa