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May 02, 1957

NOTE FROM CONVERSATIONS WITH COMADE PIMENOV, 1ST SECRETARY OF THE EMBASSY OF THE USSR, ON 23 AND 25 APRIL 1957

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    Kim Du-bong's speech and his relation to the August group are summarized in this Polish Embassy report.
    "Note from Conversations with Comade Pimenov, 1st Secretary of the Embassy of the USSR, on 23 and 25 April 1957," May 02, 1957, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Polish Foreign Ministry Archive. Obtained for NKIDP from the by Jakub Poprocki and translated for NKIDP by Maya Latynski. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/114968
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Embassy of the Pyongyang, 2.V.1957

People’s Republic of Poland

in Pyongyang [trans. note:  tilted stamp]

No. 253/99/2421//57/tjn [trans. note:  added by hand; tjn probably means tajne, secret]

Secret [trans. note:  tilted stamp]

N o t e

From conversations with Comr. Pimenov, 1st Secretary of the Embassy of the USSR, on 23 and 25.IV.1957

The conversations aimed to obtain data regarding scientific-technical cooperation between the USSR and the DPRK (about which I have written in note no. 267/37/2421/57/tjn.).

While discussing general issues concerning the DPRK, I brought up the issue of the speech made by Kim Du-bong [Kim Tu Bong], in which Kim Du-bong (chairman of the Presidium/Standing Committee of the Supreme People’s Assembly) sharply condemned sectarian and anti-party groups.  This part of Kim Du-bong’s speech concerned the August group.  Comr. Pimenov said that Kim Du-bong had been connected to and supported the August group (meaning the group of people who took the floor at the August plenum of the CC of the party in 1956).  Kim Du-bong’s speech shows that after the talks that were conducted with him he changed his opinion.

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