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  • August 06, 1953

    Summary Memorandum, US-ROK Mutual Defense Treaty (August 6)

    In 1953, Secretary Dulles met President Rhee to discuss the US-ROK mutual defense treaty. This summary memorandum notes twelve of Rhee’s requests and/or points he will like this treaty to incorporate. These include the number of ROKA divisions, which economic model the US should use to help Korea’s economy, and the request for moral and material support for the ROK to resume war with the north. This summary also notes whether the US granted, wanted to further discuss, or rejected each point.

  • March 17, 1954

    Letter, General Maxwell D. Taylor to Minister of Foreign Affairs Byeon Yeong-tae

    General Maxwell D. Taylor, on behalf of General Hull, reports that the United Nations Command has no jurisdictions over North Korean ex- prisoners of war who choose to proceed to a neutral country.

  • March 12, 1955

    Letter, Anup Singh, Indian Preparatory Committee for the Conference of Asian Countries, to President Syngman Rhee

    Anup Singh invites South Korea to attend the Conference of Asian Countries in New Delhi, even though a delegate of North Korea will also be in attendance.

  • May 16, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 16 May 1957

    At a DPRK reception to honor Soviet military advisers, North Korean and Soviet officials emphasize friendship and solidarity between the two countries. Then Kim Il Sung reports on the five-year development of the DPRK economy under various economic sectors and foreign trade.

  • October 19, 1957

    Record of a Conversation with DPRK Ambassador Ri Yeong-ho

    Yudin receives Ri Yeong-ho on a protocol visit, who discusses his experiences as ambassador to the PRC.

  • December 10, 1957

    Note about a Meeting on 29 November 1957 between Deputy Foreign Minister Pak Seong-cheol with GDR Ambassador Comrade Fischer and Comrade Behrens

    East German and North Korean officials discuss North Korea's economic and political relations with India, Indonesia, Burma, Syria, and Japan.

  • March 15, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 15 March 1958

    Nam Il informs Puzanov that DPRK seeks to further strengthen ties with other socialist states and establish relations with the some non-socialist states including UAE, Indonesia, Ceylon, India, Burma, and Japan.

  • November 19, 1962

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in Czechoslovakia, 'The North Korean Charge d'Affaires in Czechoslovakia Discussed the Sino-Indian Border Issue and the Situation in Cuba'

    The Chinese Embassy in Czechoslovakia reports that North Korea supports China in the Sino-Indian Border War and conveys other information on the Cuban Missile Crisis gathered by Korean diplomats.

  • September 09, 1965

    Conversation between Chairman Liu Shaoqi and Premier Zhou Enlai and Charge d'Affaires Jeong Bong-gyu at the 17th National Day Reception held at the North Korean Embassy

    Liu Shaoqi and Jeong Bong-gyu discuss the Indo-Pak War, the likelihood of holding the Second Asian-African Conference, and the war in Vietnam.

  • September 11, 1965

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in North Korea, 'On North Korea's Response to the Indian Invasion of Pakistan'

    The Chinese Embassy in Pyongyang reports that North Korea's reaction to the Indo-Pak War has been timid.

  • December 23, 1968

    Note about a Conversation between Comrade Herrmann and Comrade Putivez, 2nd Secretary of the USSR Embassy, on 9 December 1968 in the USSR Embassy

    Hermann questioned Putiwtz on North Korea's foreign policy, including its relations with other socialist countries, Pakistan, and capitalist coutries while Putiwitz discussed economic cooperation and political relations between the Soviet Union and North Korea.

  • March 08, 1977

    Telegram from the Minister of Foreign

    Telegram from the ROK Minister of Foreign Affairs on the issue of North Korea and the Coordinating Bureau of Non-Aligned Movement in New Delhi from April 6 through 11, 1977.

  • April 10, 1977

    Telegram to the Minister of Foreign Affairs from the Deputy Director of the United Nations Division

    The Deputy Director of the United Nations Division sends a report to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding his observation and view on the Ministrial Meeting of the Coordinating Bureau of Non-Aligned Countries on New Delhi.

  • April 03, 1978

    TELEGRAM 066.609 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Gang Ryang-uk and Indian Prime Minister Morarji Desai meet but fail to reach a consensus on Korean unification and the Kashmir issue.

  • May, 1978

    The Overseas Visits of the Delegations of the North Korean Puppets (Analysis)

    An analytical report on the overseas visit of the delegations of North Korea.

  • November 11, 1980

    Telegram from the Hungarian Embassy in Pyongyang, 'Foreign opinions regarding the KWP’s 6th Congress'

    A report on the foreign opinions regarding the KWP's 6th Congress, stating that the North Korean ideology lacks Marxist elements.

  • September 28, 1983

    Hungarian Embassy in India, Ciphered Telegram, 28 September 1983. Subject: Indian views about the Korean Workers’ Party.

    Indian-North Korean relations are the subject of this telegram, with attention paid to the Indian Communist Party's views on the North Korean Worker's Party. The cult of personality, autarkic economic policy and Juche ideology provide many points of misgiving from the point of view of the Indians.