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June 05, 1970

TELEGRAM, EMBASSY OF HUNGARY IN POLAND TO THE HUNGARIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY

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    A telegram to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry reporting on North Korea's foreign relations with Yugoslavia, Poland, the Soviet Union, and Cambodia, among other countries.
    "Telegram, Embassy of Hungary in Poland to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry ," June 05, 1970, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, MOL, XIX-J-1-j Korea, 1970, 55. doboz, 81-73/a, 002263/1970. Obtained and translated for NKIDP by Balázs Szalontai. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/116580
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On 4th of this month, I was received by Comrade Kinicki, the deputy head of the International Liaisons Office [of the Polish United Workers’ Party]—who had been a member of the delegation [headed by [Zenon Kliszko]—, and provided me with the following information [about the delegation’s visit to North Korea]:

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[The North Koreans] are of the opinion that it would be possible to establish contacts with the LYC [League of Yugoslav Communists] as well [emphasis in the original]. The Yugoslavs made such an initiative through the Yugoslav ambassador in Warsaw. In recent times [the North Koreans] had meetings with the Italian, French and Norwegian [Communist] parties.

The Polish delegation was received with extraordinary cordiality and warmth. Comrade Kim Il Sung also received the delegation, and the conversations took place in an open and cordial atmosphere.

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Concerning their relations with the Soviet Union, [the North Koreans] said that they could not exist without the Soviet Union [emphasis in the original], and the provision of Soviet arms was particularly indispensable for them. With regard to this [latter] issue, they spoke with bitterness about their experiences [emphasis in the original], [complaining] that the Soviet comrades did not sell them spare parts on credit. They criticized Khrushchev, who, in their view, had had a negative attitude toward Korea.

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Concerning the Cambodian question, they mentioned three reasons for their breaking diplomatic relations [with the [Prime Minister of Cambodia] Lon Nol regime].

  1. Following the [political] change in Indonesia [in 1965], they did not break diplomatic relations [with Indonesia]. The Indonesian embassy in Pyongyang is spying for South Korea. In this case [the Cambodian coup], they feared that the same thing might happen to them.
  2. Sihanouk established diplomatic relations with them in spite of the fact that even his own foreign minister opposed the idea. Thus they feel obliged to express their support [for Sihanouk] in this way, too.
  3. They also took into consideration the request of the Vietnamese comrades. At the same time, Comrade Kim Il Sung praised the activity of the Polish embassy in Cambodia.

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