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  • May 02, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A. M. Puzanov for 2 May 1958

    Kim Il Sung describes the seizure of South Korean fishing boats and how the fishermenw ere brought to Pyongyang for a May Day demonstration.

  • July 11, 1961

    Minutes of Conversation between Zhou Enlai and Kim Il Sung

    Zhou Enlai and Kim Il Sung discuss economic cooperation between China and North Korea, including industrial development in North Korea, Chinese economic support to North Korea, bilateral trade, Chinese training of North Korean technicians, agricultural development in North Korea, cross-border migration, and development strategies in the DPRK.

  • January 27, 1967

    Letter, UNCURK Officer-in-Charge Syrovy to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan, concerning ROK Political Situation

    Officer-in-Charge Bedrich Syrovy reports to Chef de Cabinet C.V. Narasimhan about the South Korean domestic political situation and forthcoming election.

  • November 19, 1968

    Cable, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan, Concerning Armed North Korean Infiltration

    Principal Secretary of the United Nations Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea Zouheir Kuzbari cables Chef de Cabinet of the United Nations C.V. Narasimhan about the UNCURK Committee's decision to review and visit the eastern coastal areas, which were infiltrated by armed North Koreans.

  • November 25, 1968

    Cable, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan, Concerning Response to North Korean Infiltration

    Principal Secretary of the United Nations Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea Zouheir Kuzbari relays the UNCURK Committee's press release concerning the 30 October to 3 November 1968 armed North Korean infiltration along the East Coast of the Republic of Korea.

  • June 19, 1969

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Zouheir Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet C.V. Narasimhan, Concerning UNCURK's Third Session of 1969

    Principal Secretary of the United Nations Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea Zouheir Kuzbari reports on UNCURK's third session of 1969 to Chef de Cabinet of the United Nations C.V. Narasimhan. In the session, UNCURK representatives reviewed the North Korean infiltration of ROK eastern and western coast, discussed political and security developments in UNCURK's second report of 1969, and the non-inclusion of the Korean question in the twenty-fourth session of the United Nations General Assembly.

  • June 13, 1970

    Letter, UNCURK Officer-in-Charge Osman to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    Chief-in-Charge Osman updates Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan on recent ROK developments: North Koreans attacked a ROK Navy broadcasting vessel due to the belief that the vessel was in North Korean territorial waters; ROK's persistant opposition to U.S. force reductions, especially in light of the recent attack; and a discussion between Cambodian and ROK delegations concerning ROK's non-military assistance to Cambodia.

  • December 31, 1970

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    Kuzbari briefs Narasimhan on election and national security updates in South Korea, including the campaigns of Kim Dae Jung and Park Chung Hee; the debate over ROK forces in Vietnam; DPRK and ROK naval clashes over what DPRK speculates to be a spy boat but ROK states is a fishing boat; and discussion concerning the return of the North Korean pilot who crash landed in South Korea.

  • January 08, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    Kuzbari writes about the upcoming elections in South Korea and reports that a new political party called Nationalist Party has formed in opposition to the NDP. Regarding trade, the ROK government is opening trade relations with non-hostile communist countries. And regarding relations with North Korea, an ROK fishing boat was attacked by North Koreans due to possible spy activity.

  • May 21, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    ROK claims of North Korean sea infiltration are challenged by UN Command and UNCURK. Additionally, student protests are growing, but DRP's reaction is cautious because they fear that the students may align with NDP and pose a threat to the DRP.

  • December 03, 1973

    Memorandum for General Scowcroft, through W.R. Smyser, from John A. Froebe Jr., “Proposed WSAG Meeting on Korean Situation"

    National Security Council staff member John A. Froebe, Jr., suggests that the United States must respond to North Korea's claims over the Northern Limit Line.

  • December 03, 1973

    Memorandum for Secretary Kissinger from Richard H. Solomon, “The Korean Situation and the China Element"

    National Security Council staff member Richard H. Solomon advises Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to work with the Chinese in order to respond to North Korea's provocations along the Northern Limit Line

  • December 04, 1973

    Joint State/Defense Message, “Korean Northwest Coastal Situation"

    The U.S. Departments of Defense and State offer instructions about how to respond to the Northern Limit Line Dispute, including measures to restrain South Korea.

  • December 06, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, No. 61.537

    The document describes how the North Koreans enthusiastically celebrated the consensus of Committee No. 1 over the Korean issue in the UN; however, Lazar believes that the Korean leadership has not actually grasped the full implications of the decision. In addition, the telegram describes how Pyongyang's attempt to reassert control over South Korean islands close to the North Korean shores in the Yellow Sea has created friction between the two countries. The author also mentions that North Korean support for the student movements in South Korea legitimized Seoul's harsher crackdown on the dissident movements.

  • December 21, 1973

    Joint State/Defense Message, “Questions Regarding Northern Limit Line"

    The U.S. Departments of State and Defense analyze North Korea's claims relating to the Northern Limit Line and the origins of the NLL.

  • December 22, 1973

    Memorandum for Secretary Kissinger from John A. Froebe, Jr., “Korean West Coast Island Situation"

    John A. Froebe, Jr., briefs Henry Kissinger on the Northern Limit Line Dispute.

  • January, 1974

    The West Coast Korean Islands

    A Central Intelligence Agency assessment of the origins of the Northern Limit Line.

  • February, 1974

    Briefing on the Violation of the Territorial Waters of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea by Espionage Vessels of Park Chung Hee’s Puppet Clique in South Korea

    The Embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the Socialist Republic of Romania offers a brief on the Northern Limit Line Dispute.

  • February 21, 1974

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 060.076

    The Embassy of Romania in Pyongyang reports on the February 15 naval clash between North and South Korea, and how the sides had responded to the incident

  • February 25, 1974

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 060.079

    The Embassy of Romania of Pyongyang assesses the February 15 naval clash between North and South Korea based on the comments of B.K. Pimenov, Minister-Counselor within the USSR Embassy in Pyongyang.