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February 28, 1978

TELEGRAM 066.532 FROM THE ROMANIAN EMBASSY IN PYONGYANG TO THE ROMANIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

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    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang notes that despite North Korea's policy of equidistance toward the USSR and the PRC, the DPRK in fact has tilted closer to China.
    "TELEGRAM 066.532 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs," February 28, 1978, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Archive of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (AMAE), Folder 782/1978, Matter 220/F, Relations between North Korea and Socialist Countries (Czechoslovakia, China, Cuba, GDR, Yugoslavia, USSR), January-December 1978. Obtained and translated for NKIDP by Eliza Gheorghe. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/116401
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TELEGRAM 066.532

To: the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

From: the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang

Date: January 28th, 1978

Classification: Secret

On the occasion of a fare-well visit to Mioara Nanu, Third Secretary [illegible], the Third Secretary of the PRC Embassy in Pyongyang, referring to Korean-Chinese relations, pointed out that during 1977, these [relations] unfolded normally, in a generally positive direction, without any unusual [events].

Mentioning certain assessments made in the ‘diplomatic world’ about the equidistant policy promoted by the DPRK vis-à-vis the PRC and the USSR, the Chinese diplomat said that, in principle, the DPRK is trying to promote such a policy, but concrete, historical, and geographic conditions, make the DPRK visibly tilt towards Korean-Chinese relations. The Chinese diplomat showed that, during 1977, six Chinese delegations were received by President Kim Il Sung.

On these occasions, the DPRK President underlined [how] good Korean-Chinese relations [are], [emphasizing] the solidarity of the Chinese people with the Korean people, noting that ‘in case of a war against the DPRK, China would, as it had done in the past, provide the backing of the Korean frontline.

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