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  • July 16, 1985

    Report by International Olympic Committee Vice President on his Trip to North Korea

    A report from IOC Vice President Kumar regarding his trip to North Korea. He addresses attempts to ease tensions between North Korea and South Korea over the staging of the 1988 Summer Olympics and to determine if the two countries would be able to work together on the event.

  • September 30, 1985

    The Proposal by the Olympic Committee of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

    The proposal from North Korea's Olympic Committee laying out their desires for the staging and operation of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. The North Korean Olympic Committee desired a sharing of the events between North and South Korea.

  • October 08, 1985

    Ichiro Ogimura and Young C. Kim's Efforts to Facilitate the 1988 Olympic Games

    Letters from Ichiro Ogimura to IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch and DPRK NOC President Kum Yu Sun on Ogimura and Young C. Kim's efforts to facilitate the 1988 Olympic Games.

  • November 05, 1985

    Note from the International Olympic Committee President to the DPRK’s National Olympic Committee

    Note from IOC President Samaranch to North Korea's Olympic Committee regarding an upcoming meeting.

  • January 07, 1986

    Meeting between the International Olympic Committee and the DPRK’s National Olympic Committee regarding the Agenda and Details of Future Meetings between the Two Groups

    Notes on an informal meeting between IOC President Samaranch (with IOC Vice President Siperco) and members of North Korea's Olympic Committee. They discuss plans and agendas for an upcoming meeting between the Olympic Committees of North and South Korea.

  • January 09, 1986

    Meeting between the International Olympic Committee and the DPRK’s National Olympic Committee on Increasing North Korea’s Participation in the 1988 Olympic Games

    Notes on an informal meeting between IOC President Samaranch (with IOC VP Siperco) and members of the North Korean Olympic Committee. They discussed ways to include North Korea in the upcoming 1988 Summer Olympics. North Korea's IOC expressed its desire to participate the Olympics as a joint team with South Korea and also to host events to Pyongyang. Samaranch said that it may be possible for events to occur in Pyongyang and that the issue of a unified team was to be settled between North and South Korea.

  • March 07, 1986

    International Olympic Committee Meeting with the DPRK delegation regarding the Details of holding the 1988 Olympic Games in Pyongyang

    Notes on a meeting between IOC President Samaranch (with IOC VP Siperco) and members of the North Korean Olympic Committee. Topics discussed included sports events to be held in Pyongyang, the name to be given to the 1988 Summer Games, the organization of games in Pyongyang, and a joint North-South Korea team.

  • May 16, 1986

    Conversation between the Secretary of the CC CPSU A.N. Yakovlev with the Secretary of the CC KWP Hwang Jang-yeop

    Conversation between the Secretary of the CC CPSU A.N. Yakovlev with the Secretary of the CC KWP Hwang Jang-yeop

  • October 10, 1986

    Summary of Negotiations between the Two Korean National Olympic Committees

    IOC Summary Report on negotiations between North Korea, South Korea, and the IOC over the 1988 Olympic Games.

  • September 11, 1987

    North Korea’s Advance Notice for Delivery of a Letter to the National Olympic Committee of the ROK on the Olympic games

    An advance notice from North Korea that a letter on issues regarding the 1988 Summer Olympics will be delivered. Issues of co-hosting and other negotiations are covered.

  • January 11, 1988

    Letter from the DPRK’s National Olympic Committee to the International Olympic Committee President stating North Korea’s Position regarding their Participation in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

    A letter from North Korean Olympic Committee President Kim Yu Sun to IOC President Samaranch indicating that North Korea was not likely to participate in the upcoming 1988 Summer Olympics. North Korea cited the failure to come up with a joint hosting plan as the main issue, but pointed out that they remained hopeful that an agreement might be reached.

  • June 04, 1988

    Letter from the DPRK’s National Olympic Committee to the International Olympic Committee on Samaranch’s Proposal to Visit North Korea

    A letter from Kim Yu Sun, President of North Korea's Olympic Committee to the IOC, complaining that IOC President Samaranch did not come directly to them with an offer of visiting Pyongyang and had only done so through third parties. North Korea claimed it had invited him directly several times and had received no response. Still, North Korea expressed positive hopes about being able to sort out an agreement on co-hosting the upcoming 1988 Summer Olympics.

  • June 10, 1988

    Letter from the DPRK’s National Olympic Committee to the President of the International Olympic Committee requesting a Postponement of Samaranch’s Visit to North Korea.

    A letter from the President of the DPRK's NOC, Kim Yu Sun, welcoming the President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, to visit the DPRK in principle. However, because an agreement to co-host the 1988 Olympic Games had not yet been arranged, Kim requests that Samaranch delay his visit to the DPRK for the time being.

  • June 15, 1988

    Letter from the DPRK National Olympic Committee to International Olympic Committee (IOC) President requesting Clarification on the Comments made by IOC during a Press Conference in Barcelona

    Letter from the President of the DPRK's NOC, Kim Yu Sun, to the President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, complaining about Samaranch's most recent press conference held in Barcelona.

  • June 24, 1988

    Note from the President of International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the President of the Olympic Committee, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

    Letter from the President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, to the President of the DPRK's NOC, Kim Yu Sun, requesting clarification on what the DPRK means when it says to "co-host" the 1988 Olympic Games.

  • June 27, 1988

    Note from the President of the National Olympic Committee, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

    Letter from the President of the DPRK's NOC, Kim Yu Sun, to the President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, on co-hosting the 1988 Olympic Games.

  • June 29, 1988

    Note from the President of International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the President of the Olympic Committee, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

    Letter from the President to the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, to the President of the DPRK's NOC, Kim Yu Sun, on free-travel through the demarcation line, Olympic sporting events in Pyongyang, the role of the IOC, and critical remarks about Samaranch from an Ambassador of the DPRK.

  • July 07, 1988

    Letter from the President of the Olympic Committee, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

    Letter from the President of the DPRK's NOC, Kim Yu Sun, to the President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch. Kim reaffirms that the DPRK would allow free-travel between the demarcation line and explains the context of the remarks made by an Ambassador of the DPRK about President Samaranch.

  • July 19, 1988

    Letter from the President of International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the President of the Olympic Committee of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

    Letter from the President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, to the President of the DPRK's NOC, Kim Yu Sun, acknowledging receipt of Kim's July 7, 1988, letter.

  • August 16, 1988

    Letter from the President of the DPRK’s National Olympic Committee to the President of International Olympic Committee on the Issue of Co-hosting the 1988 Olympics

    Letter from the President of the DPRK NOC, Kim Yu Sun, to the President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, on the IOC proposal for the 1988 Olympic Games dated August 11, 1988.