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  • August 07, 1953

    Ciphered Telegram from Suzdalev

    The DPRK would request of the USSR to help in the restoration of almost completely destroyed industrial enterprises (list of them given). Suzdalev notes that it would be good to invite Kim Il Sung and his associates to discuss these issues.

  • August 28, 1954

    Report from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Second Division Liaison, August 28th 1954, 533/5

    In a report to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tatu speaks about his conversations with Kim Il Sung. Topics range from currency in North Korea and the industrial development to the condition of hospitals and the care of Korean orphans. Also discussed are the ambassador's return visits to Bucharest, where the question of moving the Soviet embassy to Pyongyang is mentioned.

  • January 31, 1955

    Letter from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Second Division Liaison, January 31st 1955, 134/955

    In a letter to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Jianu reports on the conditions of hospitals in North Korea. There are concerns about the medical staff properly attending to the conditions of the hospitals, and "allow matters to spiral out of control." This issue was brought up in a study of the hospitals in Nampo. The ambassador notes communication difficulties with the Ministry of Health, as if they are unwilling to speak about this.

  • August 10, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 10 August 1957

    Kim Il Sung and Puzanov discuss the use of corn for livestock feed, the need to mechanize DPRK agriculture, the city of Nampo and its industrial capabilities, and the startup of zinc production through Soviet aid in the non-ferrous metals industry.

  • October 25, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 25 October 1957

    Jeong Il-yong discusses the issue concerning the construction of the Seongjin Steel Foundry and Nam Il informs Puzanov of the Presidium meeting in which Kim Du-bong explains his ties with Choe Chang-ik and Kim Seung-hwa in the previous year.

  • March 17, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 17 March 1960

    Puzanov writes up the results from his inspection of the Port of Nampo.

  • December 23, 1985

    On the Current Situation in the DPRK

    North Korea is said to have started acknowledging the World War II and Korean War-era assistance of the USSR and China once again. Some Western literature is now available in the DPRK. And a flurry of construction projects have begun outside of Pyongyang.