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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • August 29, 1946

    Kim Il Sung, 'For the Establishment of a United Party of the Working Masses: Report to the Inaugural Congress of the Workers' Party of North Korea'

    Kim Il Sung's speech at the 1st Congress of the Korean Workers' Party.

  • 1947

    Top Secret Documents on the China Situation

    North Korean intelligence on events in the Chinese Civil War.

  • July 05, 1947

    What Every Political Party and Social Organization Must Demand on the Establishment of a Democratic Interim Government of Korea

    A reprinting of Kim Il Sung's June 14, 1947, speech to the Democratic National United Front on the establishment of a democratic interim government. An appendix to the publication contains Kim Il Sung's June 23, 1947, speech, "To the Korean Youth Before the Establishment of the Democratic Interim Government."

  • October 10, 1948

    Soviet Political, Economic, and Cultural Aid to the DPRK People for the DPRK's Democratic Construction

    The Ministry of Culture and Propaganda publishes a pamphlet on the Soviet Union's tremendous assistance to the DPRK and contrasts the Soviet Union with the behavior of the US and Japan.

  • November 20, 1948

    The Korean People's Army

    A collection of speeches of Kim Il Sung, Kim Du-bong, Choe Yong-geon, and Kim Dal-hyeon on the Korean People's Army in 1948.

  • December 25, 1948

    The Operation of the People’s Economy and the System of Planning

    Published by the State Planning Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in 1948, this pamphlet describes the economy of Korea during the colonial period and lays out the policy changes made since liberation.

  • 1949

    The Korean Government Delegation's Visit to Moscow (Korean Version)

    A report on a trip to Moscow made by a Korean government delegation, including information on what the delegation has seen and the conclusion of treaties with the Soviet Union on the economy, culture and technical assistance.

  • April 20, 1949

    The Korean Issue at the Third General Assembly of the United Nations

    Published by the Society for the Study of International Problems in 1949, this book contains a compilation of letters and news from 1948 that cover North Korea's position toward the Korean issue at the United Nations.

  • July 22, 1949

    The China Issue

    A secret North Korean intelligence file on developments in the Chinese Civil War.

  • 1950

    Register of Letters Received from China

    A list of letters of support from China received by the North Korean government during the Korean War.

  • April 26, 1951

    Letter, Colonel Kim Jong-oh to Syngman Rhee [Korean]

    ROK Army 6th Division Commander Kim Jong-oh responds to an encouraging letter from Syngman Rhee.

  • June 26, 1951

    Letter, Kim Il Sung to Comrade Stalin I.V.

    Letter from Kim Il Sung to Stalin informing him of lead shipments from the DPRK to the Soviet Union and China.

  • January 14, 1954

    Organizing Agricultural Cooperative Economy/Management

    Three forms of cooperative economy/management and the principles of organization are explained.

  • December 23, 1954

    Letter, Willard B. Cowles to UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold

    Willard Cowles forwards documents concerning the mission of a B-29 of the 581st Air Resupply And Communications Wing shot down during the Korean War. The Chinese claimed the plane was over Chinese territory on an espionage mission, which the United Nations denied.

  • 1955

    Memorandum, 'Urging US to have ACTIVE policies towards Korea'

    The author of this memorandum proposes that the US should: 1) Dissolve the ad hoc committee on Korea, 2) reinforce ROK troops to be equal with DPRK troops, 3) increase economic aid for recovery of Korea, 4) move UN forces headquarter to Korea where UN troops are stationed, and 5) impose sanctions on a pro-communist policy in Japan.

  • October, 1955

    Memorandum, written by the Office of the President

    Memo about the tungsten business in Korea, especially Utah corporation. The Office of President decided to do not consider what J. W. Staggers suggested.

  • August 30, 1956

    Speech by Kim Il Sung at the August Korean Workers' Party Central Committee Plenum

    Kim Il Sung reflects upon the delegation he led to the USSR and other socialist states, and speaks about solidarity in the socialist bloc and peaceful reunification on the peninsula. He discusses the Three-Year Plan and the blueprint for the Five-Year Plan.

  • September 08, 1956

    Resolution of the August Plenum of the Korean Workers' Party Central Committee on the DPRK Representatives' Trip to Allied Countries and Other Pressing Issues concerning the Korean Workers' Party

    The resolution discusses economic growth in North Korea and the promises of fraternal aid, and warns of the dangers of factionalism to the preservation of Marxism-Leninism.

  • September 08, 1956

    Resolution of the August Plenum of the Korean Workers' Party Central Committee on the Improvement of Public Healthcare

    The resolution describes plans to expand public sanitary facilities and improve the health of the citizenry.

  • October 12, 1956

    Letter from Ri Sang-jo to the Korean Workers' Party Central Committee

    Ri Sang-jo seeks to redress the issue of aid from the Soviet Union by reminding party members of the CPSU's friendship and assistance to the North Korean people both before and after the Korean War. Ri discloses Soviet criticism of Kim Il Sung's economic policies and the cult of personality during meetings held in Moscow in the summer of 1956 and insists that the DPRK learn from the experiences of the fraternal communist parties in economic planning and in their struggles against cults of personality.