Skip to content

March 7, 1972

Preliminary Meeting between Delegates of North and South Korea focusing on Official Visits

South: I will now speak of our opinion.


1. We would need to confirm Director of KCIA, Lee Hurak and Director of Organization and Guidance, Kim Yeong-ju as our trusted officials, that is, the superiors who entrusted us to deliver messages and to relay responses responsibly. ([The two] Each exchanged the letters of credibility, confirmed the details and returned the letters. Kim Deok-hyeon seemed to be content with the letter from the Director of KCIA and recorded details of the letter with a sincere face.)


2. The person with the letter of confidence from the Director of KCIA will visit the North. In this case, the letter will be drafted for Kim Yeong-ju, Director of Guidance and Organization. The officials' visits will be kept strictly confidential. Around two officials will visit the North, one delegate with the letter of credence and one assistant for the delegate.


3. We will gladly accept a visit from a delegate carrying Kim Yeong-ju's letter of confidence written towards the Director of the KCIA. If you are unwilling to have our delegate visit the North first, your delegate could visit us first.


4. When our delegate visits the North via Panmunjeom, we would like to obtain a memorandum from Kim Yeong-ju assuring our delegate's safety. When our delegate returns, the memorandum will be returned to you. The procedure is likewise when your delegate visits the South.


5. The purpose of mutual visits will not be prescribed but it will facilitate our exchange of opinions. When we are able to exchange opinions and understand each other, political issues will naturally be discussed in due course.


6. I am aware that you are considering such exchanges with other connections ([Kim] nodded as an expression of agreement), such connections should be discontinued, and we should confirm the exchange as conversations between the Director of KCIA and Kim Yeong-ju, Director of Organization and Guidance.

North: Since it is an issue of significant importance, I will provide a response during our next meeting after I accurately report to high-ranking officials. I suggest our next meeting to be held on Friday, March 10th at Panmun-gak.

South: March 10th sounds good. Since we have a working-level conference [for the Red Cross Conference], we should confirm the time through our assistants. I do not oppose having our meeting at Panmun-gak. However, it will be confirmed through my assistant on March 10th. (When the discussion concluded, Kim Deok-hyeon did not hide his excitement and ordered to bring Ginseng-ju, suggesting a toast.)

<Other things discussed>: [The two] Discussed music, literature, and sports while having drinks.


1. "Tchaikovskii" and "Liszt" were mentioned while discussing music. Kim Deok-hyeon proudly mentioned his wife is a "cellist."


2. The works of "Tolstoy" and "Dostoyevsky" were mentioned while discussing literature.


3. Kim Deok-hyeon mentioned he enjoys playing chess and table tennis.

This meeting lays out the specific procedure of how official visits are to be carried out between North Korea and South Korea.

Related Documents

December 10, 1971

Meeting between North and South Korean Delegates at the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission

In meeting between North Korean delegate Kim Deok-hyeon and South Korean delegate Jeong Hong-jin, the South explains that it wants to see progress within the Red Cross negotiations, while the North presses for a meeting between high level officials.

January 29, 1972

Preliminary Conference between Delegates of North and South Korea

This conversation focuses on the delegate of the North suggesting that both parties should carry letters of confidence to prove both of their legitimacy, but the delegate of the South believes this is unnecessary

November 20, 1971

Preliminary Meeting between North and South Korea

North Korean delegate Kim Deok-hyeon and South Korean delegate Jeong Hong-jin discuss family meetings and agree to set up a meeting between higher ranking officials.

March 10, 1972

Preliminary Meeting Between Delegates of North and South Korea During Which the Details of Official Visits Laid Out by the South are Accepted

This exchange is the North's response to their previous meeting during which the South laid out the specific details it had in mind for official visits. The North accepts thyese details and awaits the next meeting where the South will give a specific time for its official visit to the North.

March 14, 1972

Preliminary Discussion between North and South Korea at the Freedom House in Panmunjeom on Official Visits

During this meeting the details of official visits are discussed with the South stating that Jang Gi-yeong (ex-Vice Premier and current President of Hankook Ilbo) and his assistant Jeoung Tae- Yyeon (Hankook Ilbo correspondent to Japan) would visit the North at 12:00, April 25th. Further, the delegate from North Korea suggests that their should be a meeting between such high-ranking officials as Lee Hu-rak (Director of the KCIA) and Kim Yeong-ju (the Director of Organization and Guidance) with the North in agreement to this proposal

March 16, 1972

Preliminary Meeting between Delegates of North and South Korea Discussing Official Visits and Laying the Groundwork for a Meeting between High-Ranking Officials

The North presses for Jang Gi-yeong to visit earlier, while announcing that Kim Yeong-ju agrees with the suggestion to meet with Lee Hu-rak.

March 17, 1972

Preliminary Meeting between Kim Deok-hyun and Jeong Hong-jin

South Korea suggests that the delgates of North and South Korea, respectively Kim Deok-hyun and Jeong Hong-jin, visit each respective capitol in order to make arrangements for a high-level meeting between Lee Hu-rak and Kim Yeong-ju

Document Information


South Korean Foreign Ministry Archive.


The History and Public Policy Program welcomes reuse of Digital Archive materials for research and educational purposes. Some documents may be subject to copyright, which is retained by the rights holders in accordance with US and international copyright laws. When possible, rights holders have been contacted for permission to reproduce their materials.

To enquire about this document's rights status or request permission for commercial use, please contact the History and Public Policy Program at [email protected].

Original Uploaded Date



Minutes of Conversation


Record ID