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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • August 11, 1950

    The Political Situation in Korea during the Period of Military Operations

    A report on the Korean War from June through August 1950, including discussions on the start of the conflict, news media in North and South Korea, the air war, and the North Korean occupation of Seoul.

  • May 19, 1954

    Letter, Director Karl Hongkee to General Maxwell D. Taylor

    Director Karl Hongkee seeks General Taylor’s help for the distribution of the Korean newspaper, the Korean Republic, amongst the American personnel. He articulates that this newspaper reflects the government's official policy and is a medium of government announcements which not only allows Americans to identify Korean views, but also helps Koreans access worldwide news.

  • June 29, 1957

    Letter No. 82 from President Syngman Rhee to Minister Tai Ha Yiu [Yu Tae-ha]

    President Rhee asks Minister Yu to get in touch with Compton Pakenham of Newsweek concerning the money due and payable by its agent in Korea.

  • June 01, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 1 June 1960

    Pak Seong-cheol comments on the protest movement in South Korea, the removal of Syngman Rhee, and U.S. policy toward Korea.

  • October 07, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 7 October 1960

    Kim Tae-hui briefs the foreign diplomatic community in the DPRK on the struggles in South Korea and for the peaceful reunification of the country.

  • May 28, 1962

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

    A North Korean official presents an assessment of newspapers and the media in South Korea to a Hungarian diplomat.

  • August 21, 1970

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan, Park Chung Hee's August 15 Address

    In a drastic change from previous policy, President Park Chung Hee called for the peaceful reunification of the peninsula. One of the prerequisites would be North Korea's uneqivocal acceptance of the competence and authority of the UN. Some believe that the strength of the ROK economy and SALT program may have prompted Park's change in attitude.

  • March 12, 1975

    Meeting Minutes between Lee Sang-ok and Paul Cleveland

    U.S. diplomat Paul Cleveland relays Department of State remarks on a February 26 incident in the West Sea to South Korean official Lee Sang-ok.

  • January 24, 1980

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, January 24, 1980, 057030, Secret

    A report on a meeting between North and South Korean representatives at Panmunjeom and an upcoming meeting between Prime Ministers of the two countries.