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  • December 31, 1953

    Political Report No. 8 of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of Poland in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea for the Period of 1 December to 31 December 1953

    The Polish Embassy provides information on the KWP Central Committee, the Supreme People's Assembly, agreements to receive assistance from communist countries, and the situation of industries, education, and health in North Korea.

  • December 10, 1955

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK V. I. Ivanov for 10 December 1955

    Nam Il explains that the shortcomings and mistakes of a few individual Soviet Korean party members have aroused hostile sentiments against Soviet Koreans as an entire group.

  • December 23, 1955

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK V. I. Ivanov for 23 December 1955

    Ivanov meets with GDR Ambassador Richard Fischer, who reports although GDR Prime Minister Otto Grotewohl and Kim Il Sung have spoken about strengthening GDR-DPRK relations, East Germany is currently unable to supply further material aid to the DPRK.

  • January 04, 1956

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK V. I. Ivanov for 4 January 1956

    Kim Il Sung, Ivanov, and Counsellor Makarov discuss blast furnace design repairs and East German material aid.

  • June 05, 1956

    Memorandum of Conversation with Pak Ui-wan

    Ambassador Ianov discusses with Vice Premier and Minister of Light Industry Pak Ui-wan on his hope that Kim Il Sung's trip to the GDR would bring changes in North Korean economic policy.

  • June 11, 1956

    Summarizing Protocol of the Politburo Meeting with the Korean Comrades on 8 June 1956 at 1730 hours

    Discussion on North and South Korean politics and economy, with detailed account on North Korean economic development.

  • June 12, 1956

    Protocol No. 27/56 of the Extraordinary Meeting of the Politburo of the Central Committee on 12 June 1956 between 0900 and 1000 hours in the Central House of Unity

    GDR decides what aid it will give the North Korea and which credits and technical devices they will offer until 1960.

  • November 05, 1956

    Report about an Excursion to Geumgangsan (Diamond Mountains)

    A report on the excursion to Geumgangsan of a delegation of the Soviets and East Germans.

  • October 01, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 1 October 1957

    Kim Il Sung reports that a Norh Korean delegation is "going to Moscow with great eagerness" and reveals that a KWP Central Committee Plenum will be convened in October 1957.

  • November 12, 1957

    Note about a Conversation with the 2nd Secretary of the Polish Embassy, Comrade Juswiak, and the Attache of the Polish Embassy, Ivankov, on 2 November 1957

    During the dinner at Czech embassy, Behrens spoke about the situation in FRG. Other topics included Korean students in Poland and GDR, and the situation in South Korea.

  • November 26, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 26 November 1957

    Puzanov discusses the USSR's economic aid to the DPRK and the controversy surrounding Kim Seung-hwa with Fischer and Nam Il, respectively. Nam Il informs Puzanov of Kim Il Sung's report about the trip to Moscow for the celebration of Great October.

  • November 27, 1957

    Notes from a Conversation between the 1st Secretary of the PRL Embassy in the DPRK with Comrade Berentz, 3rd Secretary of the Embassy of the GDR, on 26-27.XI.1957

    Brzezinski Henryk and Comrade Berentz describe the aid North Korea has received from East Germany to reconstruct the city of Hamheung as well as the impact of the August 1956 Plenum on that city.

  • December 02, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 2 December 1957

    GDE Ambassador Fischer discusses the results of the talks between GDR and DPRK concerning scientific and technical cooperation.

  • May 17, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A. M. Puzanov for 17 May 1958

    Nam Il learns that the Soviet government will receive a North Korean delegation to study the "use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes" while informing Puzanov of arrangements for representatives of the DPRK to attend party congresses in Eastern Europe.

  • May 26, 1959

    Note about a Conversation between the DPRK Ambassador in Berlin Comrade Pak Il-yeong and Comrades Kohrt and Demel on 26 May 1959 at 1500 hours

    Discussion on organizational problems with South Korean students in western countries, who intend to live in North Korea, and about German reunifcation.

  • June 03, 1959

    Letter to Walter Ulbricht on South Korean Students Living in Germany

    Letter about South Korean Students in FRG who want to visit DPRK

  • May 26, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 26 May 1960

    Puzanov and Kurt Schneidewind discuss East German-North Korean relations and North Korea's request for equipment from the GDR.

  • September 08, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 8 September 1960

    Puzanov and Nam Il discuss the DPRK delegation to the funeral of the president of German Democratic Republic Wilhelm Pieck.  

  • November 02, 1960

    An Assessment by the GDR Foreign Ministry of the Report from the GDR Embassy in Pyongyang regarding the Economic Situation of the DPRK for the 1st Semester of 1960

    The GDR Foreign Ministry assess the economic failures of the DPRK, attributing the work of the (Korean Worker's) Party, including the partition of the 7-year plan and other problems in agriculture and industries, as the major cause.

  • April 18, 1961

    Report on Political Development in the DPRK

    An analysis on the political development in the DPRK, including the Juche ideology, and North Korean foreign policies.