August 31, 1976
Memorandum, Hungarian National Commission of Atomic Energy to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry
The occasion of the socialist coordinating meeting in Minsk that preceded the General Assembly of the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency], on 26 August 1976, late in the evening, Pak Heon-cheol, the head of the DPRK delegation, as well as the representative of the DPRK Foreign Ministry visited me, and described various incidents that had occurred on the South Korean border. […]
They also informed me that the Technical Assistance program of the IAEA planned to deliver a complete reprocessing plant for the Far Eastern region. The plant is to be established in South Korea, since this region [South Korea] has the most developed technical base.
Their request was that the socialist countries should assist them in preventing the establishment of this plant in South Korea, and if such a plant were established at all in the Far Eastern region, then it should be given to the Philippines.
Having given me a few small gifts, they once again said thanks for the very valuable advice they had received from the Hungarian delegation at the coordinating meeting held in Székesfehérvár in 1974. As a result of [this advice], at the general assembly the DPRK obtained IAEA membership without any difficulty.
Dr. György Osztrovszki
[chairman of the National Commission of Atomic Energy]
The DPRK Delegation to the IAEA expresses concern to the Hungarian Embassy about plans to build a regional reprocessing plant in South Korea and urges it to be moved to the Philippines.
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