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  • 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.

  • January 27, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.024, Flash

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK reports on a briefing hosted by Deputy Foreign Minister Heo Dam on the seizure of the USS Pueblo and how Romania should respond to the crisis.

  • January 27, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.022, Urgent

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK summarizes the views of Esmat Naguib, Chargé d'affaires of the United Arab Republic to Pyongyang, who had recently attended a briefing on the USS Pueblo seizure at the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • September 08, 1970

    Letter, DPRK Minister of Foreign Affairs Heo Dam, Concerning Transmission of DPRK Memorandum

    C.A. Stavropoulos considers the options available for transmitting the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs' memorandum on "U.S. Imperialists' Aggressive Crimes in Korea."

  • September 18, 1970

    DPRK Memorandum on 'US Imperialists' Aggressive Crimes in Korea'

    Minster of Foreign Affairs Heo Dam transmits the 1970 June 22 memorandum on the "US Imperialists' Aggressive Crimes in Korea." The memorandum outlines DPRK grievances against the United States and demands the withdrawal of US military assistance from the ROK.

  • October 26, 1970

    Cable, DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Statement Concerning Korean Question Discussions

    The DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement arguing for the unconditional participation of a DPRK representative in United Nations discussions of the Korean question.

  • December 12, 1970

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

    The Embassy of Hungary in North Korean reports on North Korea's relations with the Soviet Union and China as well as the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

  • February 14, 1972

    Minutes of Conversation between N. Ceausescu and Heo Dam, Minister of Foreign Affairs of DPRK

    Heo Dam asks for Romania’s support to bring the Korean issue onto the UN agenda and to hinder South Korea's efforts to develop relations with communist countries.

  • March 08, 1972

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

    Ozbudun sends Narasimhan a letter on Mr. Marshall Green's visit to the ROK, the doubling of Japan-DPRK trade during 1972, ROK-DPRK Red Cross talks: 3th working committee meeting, and USSR-DPRK contacts.

  • May 15, 1972

    From the Journal of N.G. Sudarikov, 'Record of a Conversation with Kim Il Sung, General Secretary of the KWP CC and Chairman of the DPRK Cabinet of Ministers, 9 May 1972'

    Kim Il Sung credits the diplomatic achievements and economic development of North Korea for creating greater opposition and chaos in South Korea. He also broaches how the two Koreas have different opinions on family reunions.

  • February 13, 1973

    Telegram from Beijing to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 059.139

    Gavrilescu speculates the possibilities that DPRK Foreign Minister Heo Dam meets Kissinger as well as that the inter-Korean conflict is raised as a major issue in Sino-American negotiations.

  • March 15, 1973

    Record of Conversation between the Foreign Minister of North Korea and the First Secretary of the Mongolian People’s Republic

    The Foreign Minister of North Korea conveys Kim Il Sung's message to the Mongolian government and continues to explain North Korea's perspective of the Park Chung Hee regime in South Korea. Seeking Mongolian support for the DPRK's unification perspective, he adamantly opposes Mongolian endorsement of the ascension of two Koreas to the United Nations.

  • 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.

  • July 23, 1973

    Note On a Conversation with the Acting Hungarian Ambassador to the DPRK, Comrade Dr. Taraba, on 19 July 1973 in the Hungarian Embassy.

    Heo Dam briefs Dr. Taraba on South Korea's intention to apply for UN membership, North Korea's foreign relations with East and West Germany, and Kim Il Sung's new proposals on unification.

  • September 27, 1973

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Report, 27 September 1973. Subject: The DPRK and the Non-Aligned Summit in Algiers

    A Hungarian diplomat explains the DPRK’s objectives for the Non-Aligned Movement in 1973 and the passage of a resolution on the Korean Question at the Algiers Conference.

  • November 03, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, Regular, No. 061.497

    Following the end of the inter-Korean dialogue, Zhivkov observes increased antagonism in the rhetoric of the North Koreans regarding unification paralleling the increasing tension between the two Koreas.

  • March 24, 1974

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 060.127

    In the aftermath of the failed inter-Korean dialogues, the North Koreans conclude that they must establish diplomatic relations with the United States. The telegram describes the rationale behind the move and the goal of limiting the interference of the United States on the Korean Peninsula. According to the author, North Korea believes that the rejection of the US to establish relations with the DPRK will expose Washington's opposition to the unification of Korea.

  • April 22, 1974

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 060.180

    Heo Dam seeks to replace the armistice with a peace treaty and establish direct contact with the United States to remove American troops from the peninsula.

  • August 19, 1974

    The Official Visit Paid by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Romania to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

    The document describes a cordial bilateral relationship between the DPRK and Romania. Pyongyang expresses its desire to continue consulting with Bucharest regarding the issue of dismantling UN bodies in South Korea. In addition, North Korea notes the imperative of establishing direct contact with the United States and plans on using Washington's positive or negative response to its advantage.

  • December 20, 1974

    Record of Discussion between Foreign Ministers of North Korea and the Mongolian People’s Republic

    In his discussion with the Foreign Minister of the Mongolian People's Republic, the Foreign Minister of North Korea discusses North Korea's efforts to spread socialism in North Korea and resist American imperialism in South Korea to bring about the unification of the Korean peninsula.