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  • January 20, 1977

    Letter from Andrew C. Nahm to President James E. Carter, January 20, 1977

    Professor Nahm from Western Michigan University sent a letter to Jimmy Carter, giving two sugeestions including the elimination of the threat of nuclear weapons.

  • February 28, 1977

    Telegram from the American Embassy in Seoul to the Secretary of State, 'Approach to Pakistanis on US-North Korean Contacts'

    Sneider reported President Park's appreciation for being informed of exchanges with Kim Il Sung. He also welcomed consistency of US position refusing direct contact with North Korea.

  • February 28, 1977

    US National Security Council Memorandum, 'Contacts and Communications with North Korea'

    Mike Armacost weighs in on North Korea's policy toward the United States, and whether Cyrus Vance ought to reply to a letter from North Korean Foreign Minister Heo Dam.

  • March 02, 1977

    Telegram from the American Embassy in Seoul to the Secretary of State, 'Pakistani Approach Re U.S. NK Contacts'

    Stern reported that Ambassador provided President Park substance of US-Pakistani-North Korea communication.

  • March 03, 1977

    Telegram from the Secretary of State to the American Embassy in Seoul, 'Approach to Pakistanis on US-North Korean Contacts'

    Stern reported that acting Foreign Minister Yoon was aware of NK-Pakistani-US communications. He reassured Yoon that the president policy of not holding discussions with North Koreans without participation of ROK had not changed.

  • March 10, 1977

    US Presidential Memorandum, Jimmy Carter Administration, North Korean Proposal for Discussions of Reunification with South Korea

    Zbigniew Brezinski rejects North Korea's proposals for talks with representatives from South Korea as of limited significance.

  • May 19, 1977

    Memorandum for Jimmy Carter from Warren Christopher, 'US Policy in Korea: Withdrawal of Ground Combat Forces'

    Warren Christopher sent papers on measures to sustain deterrence in Korea, summarizing major issues including ground force withdrawal schedule, defense compensation package and Air Force Deployment.

  • July 26, 1977

    US Presidential Memorandum, Jimmy Carter Administration, Talks between North Korea and South Korea

    The Jimmy Carter administration attempts to develop a diplomatic strategy for inter-Korean talks in the wake of anticipated U.S. troop withdrawals.

  • August 05, 1977

    US Presidential Memorandum, Jimmy Carter Administration, Talks between North Korea and South Korea

    Zbiginew Brzezinski offers instructions on how best to coordinate tripartite talks between North Korea, South Korea, and the United States, including how the U.S. should work with China, the Soviet Union, and the United Nations on this issue.

  • August 29, 1977

    US Presidential Memorandum, Jimmy Carter Administration,South Korea/North Korea: Efforts toward Dialogue

    Zbigniew Brzezinski reports that Park Chung Hee is interested in reviving talks between North Korea and South Korea and that the United States should also support an inter-Korean dialogue.

  • August 29, 1977

    Memorandum for Cyrus Vance from Zbigniew Brzezinski, 'South Korea/North Korea: Efforts Toward Dialogue'

    Zbigniew Brzezinski reported that President Park has directed that Panmunjom again be sounded out on reviving the stalled North/South dialogue and added Park's saying that the United States should push this as well.

  • September 02, 1977

    US Presidential Memorandum, Jimmy Carter Administration, Efforts to Promote a Dialogue between South and North

    The U.S. Department of State reports on discussions with China and efforts made to encourage the resumption of a dialogue between North Korea and South Korea.

  • May 18, 1978

    Letter to Park Chung Hee from Jimmy Carter

    Carter writes to Park to ask for help to reduce tensions on the peninsula and facilitate the resumption of a serious North-South dialogue.

  • June 01, 1978

    Telegram from the Secretary of State to the American Embassy in Seoul, 'Dr. Brzezinski’s Meeting with President Park'

    Brzezinski briefed President Park on two exchanges with the Chinese leaders. They mainly talked about whether the Chinese leaders behave as spokesmen for Kim Il Sung or not.

  • September 28, 1978

    Memorandum for Zbigniew Brzezinski from Nick Platt, 'Your Appointment with Korean Foreign Minister Park Tong-chin September 29'

    Platt recommended Brzezinski to welcome President Park with the following talking points; authorization for transfer of $800 million in military equipment to Korea and the visit of Defense Secretary to the ROK. He also mentioned some difficulties including Koreagate and Kim Tae-Jung in custody.

  • 1979

    US National Security Council Cable, Korea Trilateral -- Response to Foreign Ministry Dialogue

    The National Security Council outlines it views of tripartite talks involving North Korea, South Korea, and the United States.

  • January 25, 1979

    US National Security Council Memorandum, Seoul's Response to Pyongyang

    The National Security Council positively asseses North Korea's proposal for talks with South Korea.

  • January 28, 1979

    US Secretary of State Memorandum, Prospects for Intra-Korean Dialogue

    Cyrus Vance outlines the prospects for a new round of dialogue between North Korea and South Korea, as well as how the United States and China should encourage such a dialogue.

  • March 09, 1979

    US Department of State Cable, North/South Korean Talks

    U.S. Ambassador William Gleysteen reports on his attempts to reassure South Korea that the United States would not engage in talks directly with North Korea.

  • June 01, 1979

    US Department of State Cable, Coordination of Initiative with President Park to Reduce Tensions on the Korean Peninsula

    Warren Christopher reports that Jimmy Carter would like to push for tripartite talks between the U.S., South Korea, and North Korea, and instructs the Ambassador in Seoul to approach the South Korean leadership on this matter.