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  • March 14, 1967

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No.76.091, TOP SECRET, March 14, 1967

    A record of conversation with the head of the External Relations Section of the 'Rodong Sinmun' discussing North Korea's reunification policy.

  • July 06, 1967

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No. 76.247

    A Romanian assessment of North Korea's relations with Vietnam and involvement in the Vietnam War.

  • August 03, 1967

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No. 76.279, TOP SECRET, August 3, 1967

    A. Lazar and G. Chubotarenko from the Soviet Embassy in Pyongyang discuss the purge of Pak Geum-cheol from the Korean Workers' Party.

  • January 26, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.020, Flash

    Following a meeting with staff from the East German Embassy, the Embassy of Romania in the DPRK summarizes the views of Pak Seong-cheol, member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Korean Workers’ Party and Vice President of the Cabinet and Foreign Minister of the DPRK, on the seizure of the USS Pueblo.

  • January 29, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.026, Flash

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK summarizes a meeting held with D. Tsvetkov, First Secretary of the Soviet Embassy in Pyongyang. Tsvetkov discussed Soviet mediation efforts between the United States and North Korea, as well as the Soviet Union's overall response to the USS Pueblo crisis.

  • February 05, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.033, Urgent

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK reports on a meeting held with T. Surgov, Second Secretary of the Bulgarian Embassy to Pyongyang, in which the visit of Gheorghe Apostol to the DPRK was discussed.

  • February 15, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.042, Regular

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK discusses North Korea's position in the socialist bloc following the seizure of the USS Pueblo. The report is based on a meeting with the Bulgarian Second Secretary.

  • February 23, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.049, Flash

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK reports on General Pak Jeong-guk and his negotiations with the United States over the release of the USS Pueblo crew.

  • March 17, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.068, Urgent

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK reports on discussions held between DPRK Minister of National Defense, Kim Changbong, and Leonid Brezhnev on Soviet intervention in the event that an armed conflict were to break out in Korea.

  • March 17, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.069, Urgent

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK reports on China's relations with North Korea following the Blue House Raid and the seizure of the USS Pueblo.

  • January 06, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, No. 061.005, Urgent

    The telegram comments on several changes and challenges to North Korea's 6 year plan (1971-76). Romanian sources report that Pyongyang set unrealistic goals and production quotas on North Korea's heavy industry that is burdened by the deficit of raw materials. The telegram also points out North Korea's growing foreign trade with capitalist nations, while export quotas to socialist countries have only been partially fulfilled. The author points to lagging in many of North Korea's industrial sectors and comments that Pyongyang's economic goals will require massive financial efforts over the short-term.

  • January 16, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No.061.009

    Lazar describes setbacks in inter-Korean cooperation following South Korea's hostile attitude towards North Korea. The author obvserves that DPRK is irked by President Park's growing cult of personality home and abroad.

  • February 07, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 061.041

    Based on Yugoslavian sources, a Romanian diplomat reports that Kim Yeong-ju may have met Henry Kissinger and Lee Hu-rak in Paris for discussions on U.S.-DPRK and inter-Korean relations respectively.

  • March 01, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, No. 061072

    The document discusses the political strategies of the two Koreas' and their respective visions of unification. The author notes that North Korea is reaching out to the world to shore up support for Pyongyang's vision.

  • March 05, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang, No.061.074, Urgent, SECRET

    Lazar describes an incident along the DMZ, where North Korean infiltrators shot South Korean troops.

  • March 09, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, No. 061077

    Lazar reports on the tense 3rd meeting of the South-North Coordination Committee but expects the meeting to conclude with a reaffirmation of inter-Korean cooperation.

  • March 17, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, No. 061084

    Lazar discusses the stalling inter-Korean negotiations and blames the overly cautious attitude of the South and the ‘all or nothing’ strategy of the North. He also notes that the North Koreans are buying time until the US disengages from the peninsula to ensure a position of superiority.

  • April 11, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang, No.061.119, Urgent, SECRET

    Conversation between Romanian and Soviet representatives reveals that North Koreans are slowly withdrawing from direct contacts with South Korea. Instead, Pyongyang is seeking external support for its position. Meanwhile, North Korea is now looking at China with increased suspicion after Zhou Enlai noted that Beijing was not interested in the withdrawal of US troops from Asia. On another note, North Korea asks the Soviets to forbid South Koreans to enter the Soviet Union for the University Olympics held there.

  • June 16, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang, No.061.238, Urgent, SECRET

    Romanian officials report on the third session of the North-South Coordination Committee (NSCC) in Seoul. Due to differences in each side's ideas on cross-border cooperation and the organization of NSCC, the meeting ended without notable accomplishments. Both sides blame each other for espousing two separate Koreas.

  • June 19, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang , No.061.240, Urgent, SECRET

    The North Koreans follow Romanian advice and allow the submission of their letter to Congress through the US State Department.