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November 03, 1977

TELEGRAM 065856 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 Kim Il Sung's discussion with Tito regarding Korea's reunification. Both leaders affirm that the global configuration is such that the DPRK needs to avoid military confrontation.
    "Telegram 065856 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs," November 03, 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/114860
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TELEGRAM  065856

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

From: the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang

Subject: Korea

Date: November 3, 1977

Classification: Secret

A Yugoslav diplomat informed a Romanian diplomat of President Kim Il Sung’s assertion during a discussion with President Tito that Korea can only be reunited by peaceful means. The current Chinese leadership, as well as the USSR and other countries, have declined any support or implication in a potential Korean War, advising North Korean leaders to avoid clashes that could escalate into a military confrontation. The DPRK alone would not be able to withstand the combined American and South Korean forces. As such, North Korea will intensify its efforts of finding new ways to close in the people from both sides and of becoming increasingly active internationally.

President Tito noted that this is the only possible position the DPRK could assume given the current global configuration.

Drafted by C. Lupeanu

Signed: N. Gavrilescu