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  • January 11, 1946

    Untitled memorandum on the political and morale situation of Soviet troops in North Korea and the economic situation in Korea

    A Soviet report on the first several months of the occupation of North Korea.

  • July 17, 1950

    Decree No 18 of the DPRK Military Committee of 17 July 1950: The Food Situation in Seoul

    A DPRK military report on the occupation of Seoul during the Korean War.

  • January 07, 1951

    Report on the War and Political Situation in Korea

    Dodin reports on the Korean War in regards to its economic and political impact in North Korea.

  • June 30, 1951

    Report from the Embassy of the Polish Republic in Korea

    Deperasinski reports on the war's impact on the North Korean military and on the civilians.

  • December 31, 1952

    Report from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of Poland in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for the Period of 20 November to 31 December 1952

    Jozef reports on the progress of the Korean War and improving domestic conditions in North Korea.

  • April 30, 1953

    Report No. 2 of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of Poland in the Democratic Republic of Korea for the Period of 1 March 1953 to 30 April 1953

    The Polish Embassy addresses North Korea's reactions toward Stalin's death, its domestic policies in line with the recommendations of the 5th Plenum of the KWP CC, and its stance towards the truce talks.

  • April 04, 1955

    Record of a Conversation with Editor of the Journal “Novaya Koreya” Song Jin-hwa

    Song Jin-hwa and Byakov discuss the North Korean government's recent prohibition on private trade in cereal products and the situation in the Union of Korean Writers.

  • May 10, 1955

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

    Report from Dr. László Keresztes, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the Hungarian embassy in the DPRK, which describes the food shortage in the DPRK and the ineffective actions of the Northern government to alleviate the situation.

  • May 11, 1955

    Report from I. Kurdyukov to V.M. Molotov

    Molotov and Kurdyukov discuss political purges under Kim Il Sung, who has established a Stalin-like cult of personality in North Korea and the ongoing relief efforts by various Communist countries to provide food aid to North Korea.

  • October 18, 1958

    Notification from the Ministry of Interior on Opinions Relating to Marriages between Chinese People and Korean Women

    The Ministry of the Interior transmits a report entitled "Internal Opinions on Marriages between Chinese [Men] and [North] Korean Women" as reference for Civil Administration Departments in the People's Republic of China. The document outlines policies for addressing requests from North Korean women wishing to marry Chinese men.

  • February 04, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 4 February 1960

    Pak Yong-guk provides information about the progress of the repatriation of Korean citizens from Japan to the DPRK.

  • May 10, 1960

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

    Károly Práth assesses the poor conditions facing repatriated Koreans from Japan.

  • June 12, 1960

    The Economic and Political Situation of the DPRK

    The memorandum elaborates on the rapid economic growth and development in domestic policies in the DPRK after the Korean War.

  • June 13, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 13 June 1960

    On the flight from Pyongyang to Moscow, Kim Il Sung, Kim Chang-man, and A.M. Puzanov discuss the domestic situation of the DPRK and the situation in the South, including the uprising of the South Korean population against the dictatorship of Syngman Rhee.

  • August 01, 1960

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

    Hungarian Ambassador Károly Práth emphasizes the difficulties experienced by repatriated Koreans from Japan.

  • October 11, 1960

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

    Hungarian Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Károly Fendler reports on North Korea's "policy of the mass line."

  • February 14, 1961

    East German Embassy in North Korea, 'Information on the State of Repatriation of Koreans Living in Japan to the DPRK'

    East German diplomats report that the repatriation of Koreans living in Japan has been suspended.

  • April 05, 1962

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

    Report from Hungarian Ambassador József Kovács on criticism of Soviet revisionism from within the Korean Workers' Party and the increase of institutional paranoia in North Korea, especially of foreigners and foreign-born Koreans.

  • October 02, 1963

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

    A report on the treatment of Soviet women involved in mixed marriages with North Koreans and cases of North Korean students seeking political asylum at the Embassy of the Soviet Union.

  • June 01, 1964

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

    The Hungarian Ambassador to North Korea reports on persecution of individuals in North Korea, including intellectuals, former prisoners of war, merchants, and those who came from South Korea and/or Japan.