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August 22, 1978

TELEGRAM 079.451 FROM THE ROMANIAN EMBASSY IN TRIPOLI TO THE ROMANIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

This document was made possible with support from the ROK Ministry of Unification, Leon Levy Foundation

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    A senior Libyan official visits the DPRK and requests assistance with construction. Military and cultural cooperation between North Korea and Libya are also discussed.
    "TELEGRAM 079.451 from the Romanian Embassy in Tripoli to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs," August 22, 1978, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, AMAE, Folder 784/1978, Issue 220: Features of political-diplomatic relations between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and some countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, America (Cyprus, Spain, USA, Bangladesh, Philippines, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Central African Republic, Egypt, Gabon, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Syria) January 7, 1978 – September 23, 1978. Obtained and translated for NKIDP by Eliza Gheorghe. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/116431
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TELEGRAM 079.451

To: the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (to comrade Director Petre Tănăsie)

From: the Romanian Embassy in Tripoli

Date: August 22nd, 1978

Classification: Secret

During a recent conversation I had with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Ambassador to Tripoli about the recent visit of Major A.S. Jalloud, member of the General Secretariat of the General People’s Congress, to Korea, [the Ambassador] said:

The visit yielded good results which, however, did not satisfy all the [demands] of the North Koreans, due to their general and uncommitted nature.

The sector in which both sides were interested was that concerned with civilian and military construction work.

Major Jalloud requested the Koreans to increase the volume of the construction of apartment buildings in Eastern Libya, as well as of military facilities (barracks, training centers, shooting ranges, etc.).

Moreover, during the visit, talks about military cooperation were held. The Libyans requested [North Korean] military instructors and manifested interest in the acquisition of North Korean military equipment and weaponry.

A cultural cooperation accord was signed [at the end] of the visit.

Signed

Ambassador A. Păcurar