Stalin agrees with Mao Zedong that North Korea is not yet ready to launch an assault, and reports that the Soviet Union has told North Korea to concentrate on developing liberated areas and guerrillas in South Korea.
November 5, 1949
Cable Telegram no. 20475 from Gromyko to Kovalev
Spets Nº 198
Outgoing Nº 20475
Received at 0250 5 November 1949
Sent at 0355 5 November 1949
Copy Nº [blank]
[Translator’s note: one version of
this document has “via GRU cipher” here]
Pass the following reply of Filippov [Stalin] to Mao Zedong in response to his telegram of 21 October:
“To Cde. Mao Zedong.
In connection with your telegram of 21 October on the question of Korea we consider it necessary to inform you that we hold to the same opinion on the question you touched upon and at one time [we] gave our advice to the Korean friends in the same spirit.
Telegraph when this is done.
Five copies printed. yan
5 November 1949 Authenticated: [illegible signature]
1. to Cde. Stalin
2. to Cde. Molotov
3. to Cde. Malenkov
4. to the 10th Department
Gromyko demands Kovalev to pass the reply of Stalin to Mao Zedong in response to his telegram regarding the Workers' Party of South Korea.
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