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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • April 19, 1972

    Meeting with Director of KCIA Lee Hu-rak (1)

    Lee Hu-rak and Kim Deok-hyeon discuss the importance of holding meetings between Lee and Kim Yeong-ju in order to begin the process of building a rapport which will lead to working level meetings and laying the groundwork for reunification.

  • April 20, 1972

    Meeting with Director of KCIA Lee Hu-rak (2)

    Lee Hu-rak states that he cannot visit the North during April, but he proposes that when a high level meeting does take place a joint announcement by both sides should be made surrounding the details of said meeting.

  • May 03, 1972

    On the Three Principles of National Reunification, Conversations with the South Korean Delegates to the High-Level Political Talks between North and South Korea

    Based on Kim Il Sung's conversations with Lee Hu-rak, a number of changes have been made in this officially published record to stress the importance of the "Three Principles of National Reunification."

  • May 04, 1972

    Conversation between Kim Il Sung and Lee Hu-rak

    Kim Il Sung presents his "Three Principles of National Reunification" as he and Lee Hu-rak debate whetherPak Seong-cheol's visit to Seoul should be preceded by a visit from Kim Yeong-ju.

  • August 30, 1972

    Letters between Ahmet H. Ozbudun and C.V. Narasimhan

    Ozbudun sends Narasimhan a letter on guarantee for safety of visiting Red Cross groups by ROK and DPRK authorities, ROK Foreign Minister on unification and the United Nations General Assembly, and press release on UNCURK's report.

  • October 19, 1972

    Information concerning the First Conference of the Committee on Regulation of the Issues between North and South Korea and the Announcement of Martial Law in South Korea

    Kim Jaebeon discusses the first conference of the co-chairs of the Committee on regulation of the issues between North and South Korea and the announcement of "martial law" in South Korea, deemed successful by the DPRK in its challenge against the South in regards to reunification and its anti-communist rhetoric.

  • October 23, 1972

    Note on Information Given by the 1st Deputy Foreign Minister of the DPRK, Comrade Kim Jae-bong, on 19 October 1972 in the DPRK Foreign Ministry for the Embassies of Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Mongolia, and the GDR

    Kim Jae-bong briefs communist diplomats about a meeting between the co-chairmen of the North-South Coordinating Committee and the declaration of emergency and martial law in South Korea.

  • November 03, 1972

    Conversation between Lee Hu-rak and Kim Il Sung

    Kim Il Sung stresses the importance of reunification through the formation of the coordinating committee and emphasizes the role inter-Korean economic cooperation in facilitating dialogue.

  • November 09, 1972

    Note on Information by DPRK Deputy Foreign Minister Comrade Ri Man-seok on 8 November 1972 for the Ambassadors of Czechoslovakia and Poland and the Acting Ambassadors of the GDR in the Foreign Ministry

    Ri Man-seok discusses the development of diplomatic, political, and military relations between the two Koreas.

  • December 06, 1972

    Letters between Ahmet H. Ozbudun and C.V. Narasimhan

    Ozbudun sends Narasimhan a letter reporting on North-South Co-ordinating Committee, forthcoming elections, and next session of UNCURK.

  • February 02, 1973

    Letter, Ahmet H. Ozbudun to C.V. Narasimhan

    Ozbudun sends Narasimhan a report on UN policy of the ROK, greater civilian control at the ROK Defense Ministry, and director of the ROK CIA.

  • 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 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.

  • March 20, 1973

    Tenth Meeting between Delegates of North Korea and South Korea

    The DPRK delegation informs the ROK delegation that North Korea agrees with holding inter-Korean discussions among high-level officials.

  • March 22, 1973

    Eleventh Meeting Between Delegates from North Korea and South Korea

    The North and South Korean delegations discuss the details of the next inter-Korean meeting between high-level officials.

  • May 02, 1973

    Letters between Shail Upadhya and C.V. Narasimhan

    Shail Upadhya sends Narasimhan a letter containing number of issues including DPRK's membership to WHO and rumor on Lee Hu-rak' house arrest.

  • August, 1973

    Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Note, No. 01/010124/73, Secret

    The document outlines Romania's position regarding the issue of unification of the Korean Peninsula. After a summary of inter-Korean negotiations thus far, the report concludes that the two Koreas are moving very slowly because both sides are attempting to gain advantage over the other. Nonetheless, Romania declares its firm support of the DPRK.

  • August 29, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang, No.061.360, Urgent, SECRET

    The document mentions a forthcoming North Korean condemnation of Kim Dae-jung's abduction in Tokyo by KCIA agents. The author states that the declaration will ask Lee Hu-rak to be removed from co-presidency of the North-South Coordination Committee. Pyongyang seeks Romanian support in publicizing the North Korean position.

  • August 30, 1973

    Text of August 29th Statement by Director Hu Rak Lee, Seoul Co-Chairman of the South-North Coordinating Committee regarding the South-North Dialogue

    Text of August 29th Statement by Director Hu Rak Lee, Seoul Co-Chairman of the South-North Coordinating Committee regarding the South-North Dialogue.