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  • October 01, 1964

    Report, Embassy of Hungary in North Korea to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    Hungarian diplomats discuss a five-year agreement between North Korea and the Soviet Union for the exchange of lumber.

  • April 02, 1965

    Report on the Incident involving the Cuban Ambassador and the Delegation of Physicians from Cuba while in North Korea

    A report on an incident involving the Cuban Ambassador and the delegation of physicians from Cuba while in North Korea.

  • March 07, 1967

    The DPRK Attitude Toward the So-called 'Cultural Revolution' in China

    The Soviet Embassy reports on the deterioration of Chinese-North Korean relations as a result of the Cultural Revolution in China.

  • April 04, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang, No.061.113, Urgent, SECRET

    KWP Centeral Committee member Kim Yeongnam explains to the Romanian representative that the DPRK proposed changes in the North-South Coordination Committee meeting to ease tensions and transform the armistice into a peace treaty. Kim blames the South Korean hawks and separatists who abide by the interests of the US and Japan for the lack of progress. Despite the impasse, the North Koreans look to the internal dissent against Park Chung Hee in South Korea as a sign of support for Pyongyang.

  • October 27, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang, SECRET, No.061482, Urgent

    Popa notes Kim Yeong-nam's concern regarding interference of the USSR and USA in the Yom Kippur/October War as a source of a wider conflict, contrary to the optimism expressed by the North Korean leadership.

  • April 11, 1976

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 067.088

    The Embassy of Romania in Pyongyang conveys the remarks of Kim Yeong-nam, the Deputy Member of the Political Committee, Secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, the head of the International Section of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, on developments in South Korea and the U.S. troop presence in South Korea and Japan.

  • March 11, 1980

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Report, 11 March 1980. Subject: Korean-Yugoslav relations.

    Kim Yeong-nam asks for military assistance from and military exchanges with Yugoslavia and discusses plans to send DPRK citizens abroad to study certain industries.

  • October 23, 1980

    Telegram from the Hungarian Embassy in Pyongyang, 'KWP’s 6th Congress'

    A report on the talk during the Korean party congress, with the delegations of the CPSU and the KWP, led by Grishin and Kim Yeong-nam.

  • February 16, 1981

    Hungarian Foreign Ministry, 4th Main Department, Memorandum, 16 February 1981. Subject: Establishment of a Social Democratic Party in the DPRK.

    The Hungarian Foreign Ministry reports that the Korean Democratic Party has changed names and become known as the Korean Social Democratic Party.

  • January 04, 1985

    Information from Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Peter Mladenov to the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party

    Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Peter Mladenov reports on North Korean Foreign Minister, Kim Yeong-nam's visit and discussion with Todor Zhivkov, concerning North Korea's "South-South" initiative for economic cooperation between developing countries.

  • 1996

    Excerpts from Recollections by the Former Soviet Ambassador in North Korea Aleksandr Kapto

    Aleksandr Kapto reflects on the Soviet Union's normalization of relations with South Korea, and the consequential fallout in relations between North Korea and the USSR. According to Kapto, North Korea threatened to develop nuclear weapons and withdraw from the NPT as a result of Soviet-South Korean rapprochement.