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August 15, 1980

TELEGRAM THE HUNGARIAN EMBASSY IN PYONGYANG, 'KOREAN WORKERS' PARTY'S 6TH CONGRESS'

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    The Hungarian Embassy in Pyongyang speculates whether or not foreign delegations will be invited to the KWP's 6th Congress.
    "Telegram the Hungarian Embassy in Pyongyang, 'Korean Workers' Party's 6th Congress'," August 15, 1980, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, MNL OL XIV-J-1-j Korea 25-001140/1980. Obtained by North Korean Materials Archive, IFES, Kyungnam University, and translated by Imre Májer. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/123732
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PYONGYANG, 80. 08. 13.

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CIPHER TELEGRAM

Subject: Korean Workers’ Party’s 6th Congress

During the lunch given in honor of our party vacationers on August 11, Comrade Hwang Jin-gyu, the sub head of the department of the KWP Central Committee mentioned that they are renovating the guesthouses of the party.

Does this mean, I asked him, that they are inviting foreign delegations to their congress?

His answer:  “We are preparing for all eventualities. In any case, the final decision regarding the invitation of the delegations will be made around August 20.

In my personal opinion, and according to local friendly connections as well, it is a great dilemma for the Koreans whether to invite or not to invite foreign delegations. Their main issue above all is that the delegations from the parties of socialist countries would not take ignoring Marxism-Leninism and completely replacing it with the concept of juche well.

Local friendly connections have information from Korean sources that foreign delegations will not be invited to the congress, but to the anniversary celebration following it instead. (KWP 35th anniversary.)

– 152 charge d’affaires –

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Comrade Szabó F.

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Comrade Rátkai