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July 08, 1977

TELEGRAM 066671 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 Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Wladyslaw Wojtasik's visit to the DPRK and Kim Il Sung's comments on the DPRK's bilateral relationship with the PRP.
    "Telegram 066671 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs," July 08, 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/114854
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TELEGRAM 066671

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

From: the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang

Date: July 8, 1977

Classification: Secret

During a discussion with A. Lazar, the People’s Republic of Poland chargé d'affaires ad interim in Pyongyang, P. Glinski, recounted that both the Polish and the Korean parties have been very pleased with the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Wladyslaw Wojtasik’s visit to the DPRK.

The DPRK has advertised this visit more than usual since it was at the beginning of the ‘month of solidarity with the Korean people’ and because the Polish Minister had made ample declarations in support of a peaceful reunification and Korean independence, immediate and complete withdrawal of US troops from South Korea, etc.

The Polish diplomat noted that, during the visit, Comrade Kim Il Sung expressed his desire to meet with Comrade Edward Gierek, verbally renewing his invitation to visit DPRK.

In addition to the general and well-known issues, President Kim Il Sung emphasized that the DPRK is currently in a difficult state due to the economic instability of 1976, when drought caused a decrease in electric energy production and, implicitly, an industrial slowdown. It was further mentioned that even today certain factories work only at 45-50% of their potential.

Comrade Kim Il Sung assured the Polish officials that DPRK will overcome these difficulties and will do everything to acquit its financial obligations to foreign partners, particularly to the socialist countries.

Wladyslaw Wojtasik agreed with his counterpart, Heo Dam [Ho Dam], to meet annually in the two capitals by rotation. Following that, in 1978 the DPRK’s Minister of Foreign Affairs will visit the PRP.

Polish officials inquired whether the DPRK determined its stance regarding the potential inclusion of the Korean issue on the agenda of the next UN General Assembly. It can be inferred from the Korean Minister’s incomplete response that the DRPK will press for the enactment of the 1975 resolution on the matter.       

Signed: D. Popa