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September 18, 1973

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA, KIM IL SUNG, TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE [SOCIALIST FEDERAL] REPUBLIC [OF YUGOSLAVIA], J.B. TITO

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    At the conclusion of the 4th Non-Aligned Conference in Algeria, Kim congratulates Tito on the success of the conference, and requests his support for the adoption of the resolution on the ‘Korean problem’ at the United Nations.
    "Message from the President of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kim Il Sung, to the President of the [Socialist Federal] Republic [of Yugoslavia], J.B. Tito," September 18, 1973, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Archives of Yugoslavia (AJ), KPR I-1/647. Contributed by Martin Coles and translated by Anja Anđelković. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/208664
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Pyongyang, September 18, 1973

I am so pleased that the Fourth Conference of Heads of State or Government of the Non-Aligned Countries, recently held in Algeria, ended successfully and achieved great results thanks to the serious efforts of all its participants, and thanks to the intense efforts of your country and you personally, Comrade Tito, and I truly congratulate you on this.

Not only your speech at the Conference of Heads of State in which you supported the issue of reunifying the fatherland of our people, but also your sincere efforts to have the Resolution about the Korean question adopted, are clear testimonies of the comradely relationships of friendship and cooperation between our two countries.

The unanimous adoption of the Resolution about the Korean question at the Conference, the demands that all foreign troops leave south Korea and that all foreign meddling in Korean affairs stop, together with the demands that the 28th General Assembly of The United Nations should be the place to make the decision about withdrawing all the foreign troops acting under the UN flag from south Korea and disbanding “The UN Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea”, the statements that the admission of Korea to the UN has to be done either after it is fully reunified or after the confederation of the North and the South into one country - all of this was a great encouragement for our people’s struggle in this righteous matter.

This resolution was a great contribution to accelerating the independent and peaceful reunification of Korea.

Let me extend the deepest gratitude, in my own name and in the name of the Korean people, to you, to your government, and to the people of your country, for all the labor that took place during the Fourth Conference of Heads of State or Government of the Non-Aligned Countries, and that supported the righteous matter of our people to independently and peacefully reunify our homeland.

I am certain that you, Comrade President, and your government, will continue to actively support our righteous matter for an independent and peaceful reunification of our homeland at the international forums, such as the UN. I wish you, from all my heart, new successes in your noble work.

Kim Il Sung

President of the National Democratic Republic of Korea