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September 09, 1980

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

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    A report on a conversation with the deputy head of the KWP Central Committee's Foreign Division, regarding the Korean Workers' Party 6th Congress and the request by North Korea for Hungary to send a greeting telegram.
    "Telegram from the Hungarian Embassy in Pyongyang, 'The Korean Workers’ Party’s 6th Congress'," September 09, 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/123735
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PYONGYANG, 08. 09. 09.

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CIPHER TELEGRAM

Subject: The Korean Workers’ Party’s 6th Congress

Regarding 154:

The deputy head of the KWP Central Committee’s Foreign Division, Comrade – – –, summoned me on September 5. He asked me in the name of their Central Committee to forward the following to the Hungarian Workers’ Party Central Committee.

The KWP Congress will be held on – – –. The celebrations for the party anniversary will be held on October 16 with a celebratory procession, sport demonstrations, and art shows.

They are asking us to – – –. We can send greeting telegrams on both the occasion of the congress and the party anniversary, but it is preferable to address both events together in one message. The deputy head noted as his “personal opinion” that the appropriate thing to do would be to address Kim Il Sung personally in this telegram. He emphasized that the congress will greet both the nation’s “Great Leader”, and the “Dear Leader”, Comrade Kim Jong Il, who started the hundred-day battle for the congress, and who is leading the organization of the congress as well.

He underlined again: they are hoping that the Hungarian Workers’ Party will also express the good relation of our parties with high ranking visitors as well.

Lastly, he asked that as soon as there is a decision of the rank, and members of our delegation, we should let them know about these immediately along with other technical details (private airplane, its staff, etc.).

– ––– –

To be seen by

Comrade Szabó F.

Comrade Somodi

Seen by

Comrade Bényei

Comrade Rátkai

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