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  • June 05, 1953

    Report from a Conference Organized by the Government of the DPRK on the Issue of Implementing the Plan of Reconstruction for Pyongyang

    A Polish Embassy report detailing reconstruction plans for Pyongyang.

  • July 16, 1953

    Report of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of Poland in Korea

    The Polish Embassy provides details the political and economic situation in the DPRK and China's economic assistance to North Korea.

  • July 31, 1953

    Report No. 4. of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of Poland in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for the Period of 26 June 1953 top 31 July 1953

    The Polish Embassy reports on the domestic situation in North Korea, including industry, agriculture, the economy, and education.

  • August 05, 1953

    Ciphered Telegram from Suzdalev

    Discussing North Korea's request for Soviet assistance on different restoration project tasks and the leading industrial enterprises of the country.

  • June 22, 1954

    Excerpt from the Embassy Report no. 2296/1954, Registered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as 3002/1954

    Members of the Romanian Embassy visit officials of the DPRK, Hungary, Poland, Czechoslovakia and USSR to discuss various issues.

  • June 22, 1954

    Report on the Performance of the Embassy during the First Term of 1954 (Excerpt from the Embassy Report no. 2296/1954)

    A report on the Romanian Embassy's exchange with officials from the DPRK, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland and the Soviet Union.

  • August 19, 1954

    Report from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2509/1954

    A report on the performance of the Romanian Embassy in the DPRK in liaison, construction, and medical work.

  • August 26, 1954

    Report to Comrade Minister Simion Bughici from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, August 26, 1954, 10.039/954

    The Romanian Embassy to Pyongyang's report on the problems of moving the embassy to downtown Pyongyang.

  • February 12, 1955

    Liaison Report from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, February 12th 1955, 550/55

    In a report to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Romanian Ambassador to North Korea describes his travels to Pyongyang and his discussions with Kim Il Sung and various other North Korean politicians about the current economic conditions in North Korea, as well as reconstruction efforts in Mukden (Shenyang) and Andong (Dandong).

  • December 26, 1955

    The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (A Brief Memorandum)

    A memorandum reviewing both Koreas' economic conditions and respective political makeups after the Korean War, and reconstruction efforts and agricultural shortages in North Korea.

  • 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.

  • April, 1956

    Memo from K. Koval to the CPSU CC, 'Concerning the main issues of the economic situation of the DPRK'

    Report that highlights the success of North Korea’s Three-Year Plan after an economically devastating war.

  • May 13, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 13 May 1957

    During their discussions on the development of North Korea, the Soviet delegation and DPRK delegation exchange opinions on capital investment and consumer goods production. Puzanov then draws on his trip to Hamgyong and summarizes his conclusions on the DPRK's repairs to enterprises damaged by war, increased industrial and agricultural production, and shortcoming in meeting the needs of the population and economic efficiency.

  • May 29, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 29 May 1957

    Kim Il Sung requests technical assistance from the Soviet Unions for currency reforms in DPRK. He and Puzanov then discuss plans for elections in North Korea, DPRK agricultural and fishing conditions, progress in construction, and the exchange of delegations between the two countries. Later, Puzanov meets with the PRC Ambassador to the DPRK, Qiao Xiaoguang. They discuss the potential American bid to legalize weapons deliveries to South Korea as well as USSR and PRC consultation for the DPRK five-year plan.

  • August 28, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 28-30 August 1957

    The PRC Ambassador Qiao Xiaoguang invited a Soviet delegation to the Chinese People's Volunteers headquarters where they honor deceased Chinese People's Volunteers and Mao Zedong's son. On the second day, they visit the DPRK's largest gold mine. Puzanov gives a detailed account of the mine's production capability and the training and services provided for mine workers.

  • October 08, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 8-11 October 1957

    Puzanov describes a visit to Kangwon and the ongoing reconstruction efforts in that province. Puzanov also comments on Ri Sang-jo's expulsion from the KWP.

  • June 09, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A. M. Puzanov for 9 June 1958

    Puzanov reports on his attendance at a session of the Supreme People's Assembly.

  • June 27, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 27 June 1960

    Liri Belishova shared her impressions of the DPRK, praising its progress on economic development and socialistic development.

  • November 16, 1972

    From the Journal of N.G. Sudarikov, 'Record of a Conversation with Kim lL Sung, General Secretary of the KWP CC and Chairman of the DPRK Cabinet of Ministers, 9 October 1972'

    Kim Il Sung briefs Sudarikov on North Korea’s recent economic development, including the number of ongoing construction projects and the expansion of light industry enterprises. Kim also discusses the meeting between Yoon Ki-bok and Lee Hu-rak and how North and South Korea are interested in establishing a coordinating committee.