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.
[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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