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June 21, 1960

JOURNAL OF SOVIET AMBASSADOR IN THE DPRK A.M. PUZANOV FOR 21 JUNE 1960

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    Puzanov reports on a meeting with Choe Yong-geon, noting that Choe was recently "awarded the title of Hero of Labor of the DPRK."
    "Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 21 June 1960," June 21, 1960, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, AVPRF fond 0102, opis 16, delo 7, p.1-15. Translated for NKIDP by Gary Goldberg. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/119423
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USSR EMBASSY [USSR MFA Far   [USSR MFA General

IN THE DPRK East Department stamp: Secretariat stamp:

Nº 134 SECRET Incoming Nº 01711s SECRET Incoming Nº

9 August 1960 12-18 August 1960] 09152gs

12 August 1960]

TOP SECRET

Copy Nº 1

[Stamp: Foreign Policy Archive

Fond [[too faded to read]

Opis' 16, Yed. Khr. 85?7]

JOURNAL

of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A. M. PUZANOV for the period

13 through 28 June 1960

Pyongyang

[…]

21 June 1960

All the ambassadors and chargés d'affaires visited Choe Yong-geon at the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly and congratulated him in connection with his 60th birthday and brought a basket of flowers.

Choe Yong-geon invited all of us to breakfast. A conversation was held during breakfast. For my part I spoke in especially great detail about the issue of the peaceful coexistence of countries with different economic systems. Choe Yong-geon and the ambassadors regarded my statements approvingly. The Chinese ambassador only listened (through an interpreter). There were no comments or statements from him.

On 22 June a Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly was published in the Korean press about Choe Yong-geon being awarded the title of Hero of Labor of the DPRK. It is noteworthy that the decree begins with the following words: "Cde Choe Yong-geon, the closest comrade-in-arms of Cde. Kim Il Sung, in the darkest period of the rule…", etc. And here they could not avoid glorification of the personality of Kim Il Sung.

[...]

USSR AMBASSADOR IN THE DPRK

[signature] (A. PUZANOV)

Five copies printed - vp

1 - to Cde. A. A. Gromyko

2 - to Cde. Yu. V. Andropov

3 - to Cde. I. I. Tugarinov

4 - to the USSR MFA UVPI

5 - to file

Nº 397 8 August 1960