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June 27, 1958

JOURNAL OF SOVIET AMBASSADOR IN THE DPRK A. M. PUZANOV FOR 27 JUNE 1958

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    Kim Il Sung and Puzanov briefly discuss the June 1958 CPSU Central Committee Plenum and temporary leadership changes in North Korea.
    "Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A. M. Puzanov for 27 June 1958," June 27, 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/116034
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JOURNAL

of USSR AMBASSADOR IN THE DPRK A. I. PUZANOV during the period

14 to 30 June 1958

[handwriting partly off the page:

I. V. Nikitin [[illegible name]]

Yu. I. Ognev

[[illegible signature]]

10 July 1958

Ognev

21 July 1958]

Pyongyang

[…]

27 June 1958

I visited Kim Il Sung and delivered him the text of a CPSU CC telegram which expresses gratitude for the invitation to Party officials for vacation and treatment in the DPRK.

As arranged the day before, I informed him and Presidium members present -  Pak Jeong-ae [Pak Jong Ae], Kim Il, and Pak Geum-cheol [Pak Kum Chol] - about the results of the June CPSU CC Plenum. I dwelt on the most important issues raised in the report of Cde. N. S. Khrushchev and also about the prospects for the harvest and the successful operation of industry in the USSR.

Kim Il Sung thanked [me] for the information.

Further in the conversation opinions were exchanges about foreign policy issues: the convening of a conference at a high level, the state of affairs in France, the events in Lebanon, concerning Yugoslavia, etc.

Kim Il Sung reported that by decision of the CC Presidium he would go on vacation and rest at the dacha in the area of the Suphung Hydroelectric Station beginning 28 June. Kim Il Sung said that if there are any questions for me please come to the dacha at any time that I am vacationing.

I informed Kim Il Sung that the USSR MFA offered me leave in July. Evidently I will be leaving for Moscow on 7 July.

Kim Il Sung reported that Pak Geum-cheol will chair the CC Presidium during his absence and Kim Il [will chair] meetings in the Cabinet of Ministers. Pak Jeong-ae will go to the SED congress with a delegation on 4 July. Kim Chang-man still has not returned from Czechoslovakia.

I thanked Kim Il Sung for the information.

I passed along a request of Cde. Storozhev, editor of the journal Partiynaya Zhizn' [Party Life], that the Korean friends give the journal an article on a Party theme.

Kim Il Sung said that we will discuss [this] and report.

The conversation lasted one and a half hours. Deputy Minister Pak Gil-ryong translated.

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USSR AMBASSADOR IN THE DPRK

[signature]

(A. PUZANOV)

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five copies printed

Gromyko is first and "to file" is

the last, but the other names and

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