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July 07, 1977

TELEGRAM 066667 FROM THE ROMANIAN EMBASSY IN PYONGYANG TO THE ROMANIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

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    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang informs the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that Pyongyang reacts strongly against US reiteration of "cross-recognition" of both Koreas in the international community.
    "Telegram 066667 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs," July 07, 1977, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Archive of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Folder 933/1977, Issue 220/H: Partial US troop withdrawal from South Korea – Discussions regarding the reunification of the two countries, January – October 1977. Obtained and translated for NKIDP by Eliza Gheorghe. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/114872
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TELEGRAM  066667  

To: the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

From: the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang

Date: July 7, 1977

Classification: Secret

Current US Secretary of State’s reprise of Henry Kissinger’s old ideas of ‘cross-recognition’ – the USSR and the PRC recognize the ROK and the US and Japan recognize the DPRK – and concurrent recognition of both Koreas within the UN has triggered vocal and disapproving reactions in Pyongyang against the United States for its policy of brutal interference in Korea’s internal affairs and endorsement of Korean division. The central press, radio, and television are actively campaigning against these American ideas.

On the other hand, socialist diplomats in Pyongyang consider the possibility that, due to this anti-American campaign, C. Vance’s future visit to Beijing will enable unofficial contacts between the US and the DPRK in view of clarifying the main problems between the two countries.

Signed: D. Popa