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September 24, 1987

Procedure concerning Operative Advance Notification on Cross-Border Transit requested by DPRK Security Organs

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Berlin, 24 September 1987


Procedure concerning operative advance notification on cross-border transit

requested by DPRK security organs


  • Requests for operative advance notification at GDR border crossings will be made by the following individuals from DPRK security organs, either in written form to Comrade Herold or by internal secure phone, to [Stasi] Department X:


Pak In-ho [Pak In Ho]

Kim Su-il [Kim Su Il] (speaks English)

Han Seong-sam [Han Song Sam]

Baek Mun-do [Paek Mun Do], phone 2291252 (speaks German)


Operative advance notification requests by other individuals are not to be implemented. In such cases they have to be referred to Comrades Pak Jong-ho and Kim Su-il.


In case of necessary back-checks, internal secure phone is to used to call DPRK Embassy in Berlin asking for Kim Su-il (1st Secretary, speaks English) or Baek Mun-do.


  • Advance notification must be directed to Main Department VI/Central Advance Notification Unit or to Main Department VI/Operative Situation Center (after office hours) by internal secure phone.


  • Individuals eligible for advance notification usually concern citizens from South Korea, Japan, and other non-socialist states, or South Koreans using travel passport from non-socialist states.


Advance notification will waive any stamping of travel passports in order to avoid proof of entrance into the GDR or further transit to the DPRK; also it will waive regular customs control by GDR border control organs. Also, advance notification serves the purpose to enable individuals to leave the GDR for non-socialist states or Berlin West [without traces] after they have entered the GDR by a different procedure.

Stasi procedures for South Koreans transiting via East Germany for meetings with DPRK officials.


Document Information


BStU, ZA, X, 1018, p. 7. Obtained and translated for NKIDP by Bernd Schaefer.


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