February 5, 1968
Lt. Col. J. Załuska, 'Record: Information from CSSR Military Attaché, Col. Goch, obtained during a Hunt'
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Att. to No. 034/2/68
[stamp] 20 February 1968
Copy no.: 1
Chief of Staff
to the record of
conversation with the
GDR military attaché
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.
Embassy of the
Lt. Col. J. Załuska
Printed: 3 copies
Copy 1 and 2 addressee
Copy 3 for the files
Number in typescript ledger: 17, 5 Feb.1968
North Korea is interested in obtaining equipment for nuclear research, and the Soviet Union has been supporting the DPRK's nascent atomic industry.
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