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  • June 21, 1960

    Polish Diplomat's Notes on Situation in the Far East

    A review of South Korea's 1961 April Revolution.

  • May 16, 1961

    Cable from Qiao Xiaoguang, 'The South Korean Military Coup Situation'

    North Korean and Chinese analyses of Park Chung Hee's coup in South Korea.

  • May 18, 1961

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in the Soviet Union, 'Soviet Newspapers’ Comments on the South Korean Military Coup'

    According to Chinese analysis, the Soviet press described the Park Chung Hee coup in South Korea as reactionary and led by the United States.

  • May 21, 1961

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in North Korea, 'Contents of the May 18th North Korean Party Central Standing Committee Meeting'

    A Chinese report on a Meeting of the Central Standing Committee in which the North Koreans negatively reflected on the Park Chung Hee coup in South Korea.

  • June 04, 1962

    Information about a Conversation between the Ambassador of the DPRK Comrade Gwon Yeong-tae and Comrade Alfred Kurella

    The North Korean Amabassador in East Germany evaluates politics, the economy, schooling, and the military in South Korea

  • December 08, 1967

    Letter from Ambassador Brie of the GDR in the DPRK to Deputy MFA Hegen

    East German Ambassador to North Korea Horst Brie reports on the growing number of incidents at the Demilitarized Zone between North Korean forces and South Korean and U.S. forces. Brie offers his own analysis of the military situation in Korea while highlighting the different views of officials from Czechoslovakia and Poland.

  • November 28, 1969

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan, Concerning ROK Political Developments

    Principal Secretary of the UNCURK Zouheir Kuzbari updates Chef de Cabinet of the UN C.V. Narasimhan on the NDP boycotting National Assembly sessions, Park Chung Hee's economic plan for the 1970s, and Park's commitment to the United States' Asian Policy.

  • January 29, 1970

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan, Concerning the First Full Session of UNCURK for 1970

    Principal Secretary of UNCURK Zouheir Kuzbari updates Chef de Cabinet of the UN C.V. Narasimhan on the UNCURK Commission's review of major political, economic, and security developments. Pakistan's representative was absent.

  • January 30, 1970

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

    Principal Secretary of UNCURK Zouheir Kuzbari updates Chef de Cabinet C.V. Narasimhan on the NDP's boycott on the National Assembly and the charges and counter-charges between the UN Command and DPRK.

  • February 20, 1970

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

    Principal Secretary of UNCURK Zouheir Kuzbari writes Chef de Cabinet of the UN C.V. Narasimhan on the release of 39 South Korean passengers on the KAL plane YS-11 and President Park Chung Hee's appeal to end National Assembly boycotts.

  • May 08, 1970

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

    Principal Secretary of UNCURK Kuzbari updates Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan on the NDP's return to the National Assembly yet their limited authority and Park Chung Hee's extension of only non-military assistance to Cambodia.

  • September 04, 1970

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan, Concerning Park Chung Hee's 1971 Policies

    Principal Secretary of the UNCURK Zouheir Kuzbari informs C.V. Narasimhan on Park Chung Hee's policy blueprints for 1971 and encloses an update on DMZ incidents. Park outlined his economic policies and opposition to U.S. military disengagement.

  • October 02, 1970

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan, Concerning ROK Domestic and Peninsular Affairs

    Principal Secretary of the UNCURK Zouheir Kuzbari informs Chef de Cabinet of the UNs C.V. Narasimhan of Chung Hee's policies for rapid, self-sustained economic development and strengthening defense posture, turn over of U.S. force equipment to ROK forces, killing of two North Korean infiltrators, and the nomination of Kim Dae Young for presidency.

  • December 11, 1970

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

    Principal Secretary of UNCURK Zouheir Kuzbari informs Chef de Cabinet of UN C.V. Narasimhan of Park Chung Hee's domestic reforms and the North Korean pilot incident.

  • December 12, 1970

    Report, Embassy of Hungary in North Korea to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    The Embassy of Hungary in North Korean reports on North Korea's relations with the Soviet Union and China as well as the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

  • December 24, 1970

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan, Concerning the Reshuffle of the Cabinet in the ROK

    Principal Secretary of UNCURK Zouheir Kuzbari writes Chef de Cabinet of UN C.V. Narasimhan about the reshuffling of the Cabinet of the ROK and its impact on the domestic political scene.

  • 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 15, 1971

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

    President Park Chung Hee reiterates that his main priority is the South Korean economy. He believes that a strong economy will allow for unification and stronger national security. Additionally, Park believes that the power balance in East Asia will depend on China's progress.

  • March 12, 1971

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

    In connection with the general election, the questions of President Park' Chung Hees electability, unification, and campaign finances are discussed.

  • March 19, 1971

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

    UNCURK members meet with Kim Dae Jung, who states his key issues for the election: ROK democracy, corruption within intelligence collection, suppression of opposition parties by the ruling party, and unification. UNCURK member observe that Kim's party is weak because of party factionalism. Additionally, President Park Chung Hee announces his run for third term and emphasizes economic and political stability.