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February 05, 1968

LT. COL. J. ZAłUSKA, 'RECORD: INFORMATION FROM CSSR MILITARY ATTACHé, COL. GOCH, OBTAINED DURING A HUNT'

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    North Korea is interested in obtaining equipment for nuclear research, and the Soviet Union has been supporting the DPRK's nascent atomic industry.
    "Lt. Col. J. Załuska, 'Record: Information from CSSR Military Attaché, Col. Goch, obtained during a Hunt'," February 05, 1968, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, AIPN, 2602/7974. Obtained by Marek Hańderek and translated by Jerzy Giebułtowski. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/208547
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IPN bu 2602/7974

IPN BU 648/26

Att. to No. 034/2/68

[stamp] 20 February 1968

Top Secret

Copy no.: 1

[handwritten]

Chief of Staff

to the record of

conversation with the

GDR military attaché

Record

Information from the CSSR military attaché, Col. Goch,
obtained during a hunt

He claims that for a long time he had been receiving signals from traders that the DPRK is interested in equipment for nuclear research and is now certain that the DPRK had an active Atomic Research and Scientific Institute for a relatively long time (he is not certain if this is the correct name), which employs several hundred scientists. Since I had expressed doubt if the information is true, because where would Korea find so many scientists in the field, etc., Col. Goch said. I cannot say where I heard about, but I give my word that it is true. In the conditions here I find it hard to establish its location.

He asked me to keep this information to myself. In his opinion, the Soviet comrades are aware of this because they supply the laboratory equipment.

During the next meeting, when I brought up the matter again, he added that recently Soviet geologists discovered in the DPRK uranium and petroleum deposits. I did indeed hear that they had discovered oil.

It is hard to assess if the information is true. The Czech tends to exaggerate but I did not catch him lying.

Military attaché of the

Embassy of the

People’s Republic

of Poland

Lt. Col. J. Załuska

[signature]

Printed: 3 copies

Copy 1 and 2 addressee

Copy 3 for the files

Number in typescript ledger: 17, 5 Feb.1968

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