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May 02, 1958

JOURNAL OF SOVIET AMBASSADOR IN THE DPRK A. M. PUZANOV FOR 2 MAY 1958

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    Kim Il Sung describes the seizure of South Korean fishing boats and how the fishermenw ere brought to Pyongyang for a May Day demonstration.
    "Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A. M. Puzanov for 2 May 1958," May 02, 1958, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, AVPRF fond 0102, opis 14, delo 6, p. Translated for NKIDP by Gary Goldberg. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/116020
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USSR EMBASSY IN THE DPRK

Nº 102

14 May 1958

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0132

22 May 1958]

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Torbenkov"; illegible

signature and abbreviation]

JOURNAL

of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A. M. PUZANOV during the

period 29 April through 12 May 1958

[handwriting: "Please show to Cdes.

Nikitin

Samsonov

Andreyev

Kovalev

Ognev

N. Torbenkov

29 May 1958"]

Pyongyang

[…]

2 May 1958

I held a comradely lunch at my dacha a which Kim Il Sung and all KWP CC Presidium members were present and also Counsellors V. I. Pelishenko, M. I. Kryukov, and N. M. Shesterikov, Military Attaché A. A. D'yakonov, Trade Representative I. A. Gladkov, and Deputy GKEhS Representative M. G. Botsin.

The lunch went in a cordial, friendly atmosphere.

Kim Il Sung said that they are very glad that for a number of years they have held the May 1st holidays together with the Soviet comrades in a simply, family atmosphere. In his toast Kim Il Sung noted the enormous daily aid of the Soviet Union, the attention and concern for the DPRK from the CPSU, and proposed a toast to the CPSU, its Central Committee, the Soviet government, and Cde. N. S. Khrushchev personally.

Kim Il Sung and Kim Il said that in the last days of April several South Korean fishing boats had been detained which had violated DPRK territorial waters. A total of up to 50 fishermen were seized. Kim Il Sung said that all the fishermen were brought to Pyongyang and invited to the square where they viewed the demonstration of workers in honor of May 1st, and they were also afforded an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the city, after which we will release the fishermen and allow [them] to catch fish in DPRK territorial waters.

The guests were at the dacha from 2 to 10 P. M.

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