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June 7, 1956

Memorandum of Conversation between Kim Sung-hwa and Ambassador Ivanov

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Embassy of the USSR in the DPRK Top Secret

No. 179 Copy No. 2

“13” June 1956



Ambassador of the USSR in the DPRK, Cde. Ivanov V.I.

For the period from 24 May to 11 June 1956.





7 June


[DPRK Minister of Construction] Kim Sung-hwa [Kim Sung Hwa], whom I had invited to dinner, visited the Embassy construction site in the evening. Kim Sung-hwa passed on a letter from [Deputy Prime Minister] Choe Chang-ik [Choe Chang Ik] who asked [me] to organize a meeting with him at my apartment but expressed a desire that the conversation be conducted without an interpreter, with only him present.


I agreed with this proposal and set this meeting for 8 June at the dacha at Seopo.

Kim Seung-hwa and Ivanov set up a meeting between Ianov and Choe Chang-ik.

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RGANI, Fond 5, Opis 28, Delo 410, List 210. Obtained by James F. Person and translated by Gary Goldberg.


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