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June 28, 1975

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], JOSIP BROZ TITO

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    Kim Il Sung asks President Tito to influence President Suharto so that Indonesia will help with the DPRK’s admission into the Non-Aligned Movement, while at the same time opposing the efforts of South Korea. He thanks Tito for the hospitality shown during his recent visit to Yugoslavia.
    "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], Josip Broz Tito," June 28, 1975, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Archives of Yugoslavia (AJ), KPR I-1/650. Contributed by Martin Coles and translated by Anja Anđelković. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/208686
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Belgrade

To the President of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia

and President of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

Comrade Josip Broz Tito

Dear Comrade Josip Broz Tito,

Fondly thinking of our recent, unforgettable historic meeting, I am sending you, my dear friend, fiery comradely greetings.

Comrade Tito, I am once again expressing my gratitude for your warm welcome and honest hospitality that you, the Communist League, the Government and the People of Yugoslavia have shown to us.

The political committee of our Party is very pleased with the results of the visit to your country.

We believe that the visit of the Party-Government delegation of our country to your country served as a turning point in the development of friendly relations and collaboration between our two countries and contributed greatly to the further strengthening of togetherness and collaboration of socialist, non-aligned countries and developing countries.

Comrade Tito and the Government of Yugoslavia have once again expressed support in the fight of our people for independent unification of the country in a peaceful manner, and assured us that they will actively support the full participation of our country in the Non-Aligned Movement.

This is a great inspiration for our people.

As we said during our conversation in the Brdo Castle near Kranj, the participation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the Non-Aligned Movement has a great significance for resolving the question of unifying our homeland.

This is why we dedicate a lot of our attention to this question and we have the intention to send my special missionaries and delegations to spread the activity in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

I was informed that your country will be visited by the president of Indonesia, Suharto.

The current government of Indonesia supports our participation in the Non-Aligned movement, while at the same time advocating for admitting south Korea.

The south Korean puppets who are stubbornly fabricating “two Koreas” with the aim to perpetuate the division of our country are trying to stop the admission of our country to the Non-Aligned Movement in all ways possible.

I am asking you, Comrade Tito, that you exert influence on President Suharto, as you said, and to make sure that he actively supports the participation of our country in the Non-Aligned movement and to oppose the machinations of the south Korean government, servants of imperialism, who are striving to infiltrate the Non-Aligned movement so they can plant the seeds of mistrust and shatter the movement.

Comrade Tito, your words, as the initiator of the Non-Aligned Movement and a great, renowned authority in this movement, will be of great of influence in winning over Indonesia, and some other countries that are on positions that are not in line with the politics of non-alignment, for our matter.

We are sure that the active help of your and other friendly countries will successfully solve the question of our country participating in the Non-Aligned Movement, and that we will meet again at the Conference of the Heads of State or Government that will be held in Sri Lanka.

Expressing assurance that the friendly relations and collaboration between our two countries will continue growing and advancing in all aspects, I wish you, from the bottom of my heart, Comrade Tito, good health and even greater success in your rightful work.

With comradely regards,

General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Worker’s Party of Korea

President of the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea

Kim Il Sung