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  • 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.

  • April, 1956

    Memo from K. Koval to the CPSU CC, on Soviet provision of postwar aid to the DPRK

    Describes in detail the progress made as of January 1956 on the DPRK-USSR agreement that the USSR provide postwar aid from 1953 to 1957. Also lists free aid provided by China and other socialist states.

  • 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 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.

  • April 06, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 6 April 1960

    Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK Puzanov visits a meatpacking plant and is informed about its production and requests to the Soviet Union.

  • 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.

  • June 20, 1963

    Information About the Policy of the Korean Workers Party from the East German Embassy

    Criticisms of the DPRK are made about Kim Il Sung's personality cult, concealment of socialist countries' support, waning cooperation with socialist countries, intensification of China-North Korea cooperation, and distancing from the Soviet Union.

  • April 16, 1964

    Information on Some Domestic Problems of North Korea

    The German Democratic Republic embassy in Pyongyang reports on the internal problems of North Korea concerning economic relationships with GDR, Koreans who migrated from Japan to North Korea, Polish-North Korean relations, and North Korean agriculture.

  • July 12, 1965

    Changes in the Leadership of the Korean Workers Party and the Government of North Korea

    Report about the improvement of North Korean relations with East Germany and the Soviet Union. A slight pejoration of North Korean-Chinese relations is also marked.

  • August 15, 1977

    Bilateral Relations between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the German Democratic Republic

    In a telegram to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang details plans for the East German government delegation's visit to Pyongyang and a summary of the economic obligations of the DPRK to the GDR.

  • December 15, 1977

    The Official Visit of the GDR Party and State Delegation led by Erich Honecker to the DPRK

    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang reports to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the official visit of the GDR party and state delegation led by Erich Honecker to the DPRK. A recurring theme is the DPRK's commitment to the solidarity of the international Communist movement, and its reluctance to discuss international issues. The DPRK emphasizes bilateral relations, good relationships with both the Soviet Union and the PRC, and agrees to develop economic cooperation with the GDR.

  • January 20, 1978

    TELEGRAM 066.519 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang reports on the planned visit of an East German delegation to Pyongyang.

  • March 02, 1978

    TELEGRAM 066.575 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    East Germany signs a scientific cooperation protocol with the DPRK.

  • June 07, 1984

    Information About the State Visit of the General Secretary of the WPK CC and President of the DPRK, Kim Il Sung, to the GDR

    A comprehensive overview of North Korean-East German ties as well as North Korea's overall foreign relations in light of a visit to the GDR made by Kim Il Sung.

  • October 19, 1986

    Transcript of Official Negotiations between Comrade Erich Honecker and Comrade Kim Il Sung

    Kim Il Sung and Honecker discuss diplomatic relations between East Germany and North Korea and the domestic economic and political situation in North Korea.

  • May 10, 1988

    Minutes of the Meeting between Kim Il Sung, Secretary General of the Korean Workers Party, and Comrade Günter Schabowski in Pyongyang on 10 May 1988

    Kim Il Sung apologizes for the North Korean trade shortfall and informed Schabowski of major flooding in 1986 and 1987. There was also talk of the approaching 13th World Games of Youth and Students.