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May 14, 1950

Ciphered Telegram No. 8600, Vyshinsky to Mao Zedong

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Tenth Department                

Top Secret


Making copies is prohibited

Special no. 550



Issuing No. 8600

Received on 4:10 am, 14 May 1950

Sent on 5:30 am, 14 May 1950



Destination: PEKING  To Whom: SovAmbassador



For Mao Zedong.


“Cde. Mao Zedong!


In a conversation with the Korean comrades Filippov [Stalin] and his friends expressed the opinion, that, in light of the changed international situation, they agree with the proposal of the Koreans to move toward reunification [pristupit k obiednineniiu]. In this regard a qualification was made [pri etom bilo ogovoreno], that the question should be decided finally by the Chinese and Korean comrades together, and in case of disagreement by the Chinese comrades the decision on the question should be postponed until a new discussion. The Korean comrades can tell you the details of the conversation.


Filippov [Stalin].”


Telegraph the fulfillment [ispolneniie telegraf’te].



5 copies

14 May 1950



1. Comr. Stalin

2. Comr. Molotov

3. Comr. Vyshinsky

4. Comr. 10th department

5. Comr. Copy



The cable contains Stalin’s personal response to Mao's 13 May telegram. Using the code-name “Filippov,” Stalin confirms his agreement with the North Korean proposal to “move toward reunification,” contingent on Beijing’s agreement.

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The document, from the Russian Presidential Archives, was given by Russian President Boris Yeltsin to South Korean President Kim Young-Sam during the latter’s visit to Moscow in June 1994, and was made available to CWIHP by the South Korean Embassy in Washington. A copy was subsequently found in RGASPI, f. 558, op. 11, d. 334, ll.0055.


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