June 9, 1989
Untitled report from Mieczysław Dedo, Polish Ambassador to the DPRK, concerning North Korea’s attitude towards Tiananmen Square protests
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Code message No 3806/II/2660
9 June 1989
Com. Dedo by message no 105 of 8 of this month informs:
From the PRC ambassador:
1. The local leadership [in North Korea], while still keeping under wraps from the society the events in China offers members of the central party apparatus following interpretation:
- they are a result of the lack of the “monolithic unity” among Chinese leaders, of “reformism and degenerate liberalism”,
- they were born out of the absence of a charismatic “leader” and of a tested, valid idea. In this context Chinese leadership are criticized for ignoring the „wise advice and admonitions” given to them by Kim Il Sung, and thus they generate the threat for a military coup in China. Nevertheless, it is believed that “cleansed of the influence of bourgeois ideology, the new Chinese leadership will deal with the 'threat counter-revolution'.”
2. In our opinion and that of the interlocutor, the above assessment stem from:
- the simplified Juche approach to the contemporary world [and] fears of spreading onto the DPRK (the Korean special services and the military received relevant directives).
According to Polish reports from Pyongyang, the North Korean leadership interpreteted the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing in relation to lack of monolitic unity among the Chinese leadership and China's reform policies.
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