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  • November 12, 1974

    GDR Ambassador Pyongyang to Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Berlin

    Excerpt from East German ambassador's message about the defection of a North Korean security officer. The officer describes the increasing promotion of Kim Jong Il as a potential successor to his father.

  • April 14, 1975

    GDR Ambassador Pyongyang to Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Berlin

    Excerpt from East German ambassador's message which mentions the increasing profile of Kim Il Sung's first wife and her oldest son, Kim Jong Il, in North Korean propaganda.

  • August 18, 1975

    Voluntary Liberal Democratic Party MP North Korea Visit (Part 2)

    A report on visits by Japanese parliamentary delegations to North Korea.

  • December 12, 1975

    GDR Ambassador Pyongyang to Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Berlin

    Excerpt from East German ambassador's message about celebrations in North Korea initiated by Kim Jong Il.

  • April 29, 1976

    Wasilewski, 'Urgent Report regarding the Current Situation in the DPRK, on the Korean Peninsula'

    Polish and Soviet officials review the internal situation in and the foreign policy of the DPRK, including relations with both socialist and capitalist countries.

  • July 04, 1977

    GDR Ambassador Pyongyang to Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Berlin

    Excerpt from East German ambassador's message about the declining display of slogans and portraits of Kim Jong Il in North Korea.

  • February 24, 1978

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Telegram, 24 February 1978. Subject: Celebration of Kim Jong Il’s birthday

    The birthday of Kim Jong Il is celebrated in a more modest way than in previous years.

  • September 09, 1980

    Telegram from the Hungarian Embassy in Pyongyang, 'The Korean Workers’ Party’s 6th Congress'

    A report on a conversation with the deputy head of the KWP Central Committee's Foreign Division, regarding the Korean Workers' Party 6th Congress and the request by North Korea for Hungary to send a greeting telegram.

  • September 10, 1980

    Telegram from the Hungarian Embassy in Pyongyang, 'The Korean Workers’ Party’s 6th Congress'

    A report on a conversation with Bang Jong-gap regarding Kim Jong Il and the deterioration of party relations between Hungary and North Korea.

  • September 26, 1980

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

    The Hungary Embassy in Pyongyang reports that Kim Jong Il will be promoted to become North Korea's "number two leader" during the 6th Congress of the Korean Workers' Party.

  • October 07, 1980

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

    A report on the articles published in the North Korean press which show absolute support for Kim Il Sung.

  • October 16, 1980

    Report to the Political Bureau on the Korean Workers’ Party’s 6th Congress and on the celebrations of the 35th anniversary of the foundation of the KWP

    A report on the Korean Worker's Party's 6th Congress and on the celebration of the 35th anniversary of the foundation of the KWP to the Political Bureau, including the agenda of the congress.

  • November, 1980

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

    The Hungarian Embassy in Pyongyang reports on the Kim Il Sung cult of personality and the likelihood that Kim Jong Il will be appointed successor.

  • November 11, 1980

    Telegram from the Hungarian Embassy in Beijing, 'The Chinese attitude towards the Korean Workers’ Party’s 6th Congress'

    The Chinese attitude towards the Korean Workers’ Party’s 6th Congress on their support to Kim Il Sung and for the reunification plan

  • November 11, 1980

    Telegram from the Hungarian Embassy in Pyongyang, 'New Party Rules of the Korean Workers’ Party'

    A report on the new party rules of the Korean Worker's Party, which seems to replace Marxism-Leninism with the Juche ideology.

  • July 29, 1982

    Untitled report from Stanisław Jewdoszuk, Polish Diplomat in Pyongyang

    Com. Jewdoszuk reports that, in connection with the succession issue, propaganda around Kim Jong Il is increasing.

  • March 04, 1984

    Stanisław Kramarz, 'Record of a Conversation of the Embassy Councillor-Minister Com. A. Juniewicz with Deputy Director of the Far East Department of the MOFA of the USSR, Com. Fadeev'

    Polish and Soviet officials discuss the latest developments in North Korea. They state that the internal situation in DPRK is stable. In addition, in order to solve economic hardships, the DPRK seeks enhanced cooperation with the Soviet Union.

  • June 04, 1984

    Untitled report the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Stefan Olszowski concerning his meeting with the Soviet Ambassador Aleksandr Aksionau in Poland

    During a visit to the USSR, Kim Il Sung stressed the unity of socialist countries especially in Southeast Asia. Kim mentioned that DPRK has no intention of attacking South Korea.

  • June 07, 1984

    Information About the State Visit of the General Secretary of the WPK CC and President of the DPRK, Kim Il Sung, to the GDR

    A comprehensive overview of North Korean-East German ties as well as North Korea's overall foreign relations in light of a visit to the GDR made by Kim Il Sung.

  • October 12, 1988

    Untitled report from Mieczysław Dedo, Polish Ambassador to the DPRK, concerning succession after Kim Il Sung

    Poland's ambassador to the DPRK reports on the speculation over the successor to Kim Il Sung and how the Republic of Korea's normalization of relations with communist states is related to the relative ranks of Kim Pyong-Il and Kim Jong Il.