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  • April 16, 1952

    Ciphered Telegram No. 501587 from Babkin to Shtemenko, transmitting letter of Kim Il Sung to Comrade I.V. Stalin

    Telegram from Kim Il Sung to Stalin confirming that he would accept Stalin's offer to send 50,000 tons of bread.

  • 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.

  • May 17, 1955

    Report from B. Ponomarev and I. Shcherbakov to the CPSU Central Committee

    Ponomarev and Shcherbakov report on North Korea's current food and economic situations.

  • June 20, 1955

    Record of Conversation with Deputy DPRK Minister of Culture and Propaganda Jeong Ryul

    Jeong Ryul expresses his concern regarding the challenges of the Korean artists and culture teams stemming from the food shortages in the DPRK.

  • June 21, 1955

    Record of Conversation with Chairman of the Jagang Provincial People's Committee Illarion Dmitriyevich Pak

    Illarion Dmitriyevich Pak informs Petrov of the expanded KWP CC Presidium meeting, specifically dealing with steps to improve the management of agriculture and issues of Party and state leadership.

  • April 17, 1956

    Memo from K. Koval to the CPSU CC, on preparations for the DPRK’s Five-Year Plan for 1957-1961

    Report that lists recommendations for improvements in industry, agriculture, construction, transportation, and trade in North Korea. It advises against pursuing a closed economic system and points out that the DPRK should learn to utilize its rich natural resources and skilled labor force.

  • September 14, 1959

    Food Situation in Pyongyang

    The GDR Embassy to the DPRK reports on the bad food situation in the DPRK basedon conversations with Czechoslovak, Polish, Hungarian and Soviet diplomats.

  • February 03, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 3 February 1960

    Soviet Ambassador Puzanov discusses rice and grain with Nam Il and inspects a new play written by Han Seol-ya with other Embassy officials.

  • February 10, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 10 February 1960

    Kim Il reports on food and oil supplies from the Soviet Union, the introduction of nuclear weapons to South Korea, and suggest concluding a treaty of alliance, friendship and mutual aid between the USSR and the DPRK.

  • March 10, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 10 March 1960

    Kim Il Sung expresses his gratitude for the additional grain supplied by the USSR and discusses plans for the textile and chemical industries in North Korea.

  • March 11, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 11 March 1960

    Puzanov asks questions to Kim Byeong-su about a DPRK tractor plant and informs him tractors are made in the Soviet Union.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • January 03, 1968

    Information Report Sent by Károly Fendler to Deputy Foreign Minister Erdélyi, 'Vietnamese and Romanian Views about the Korean-Chinese Trade Relations and the Situation of the DPRK'

    A report on a military and economic assistance agreement between North Korea and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, trade between North Korea and China, and the poor economic situation of North Korea.

  • March 04, 1984

    Stanisław Kramarz, 'Record of a Conversation of the Embassy Councillor-Minister Com. A. Juniewicz with Deputy Director of the Far East Department of the MOFA of the USSR, Com. Fadeev'

    Polish and Soviet officials discuss the latest developments in North Korea. They state that the internal situation in DPRK is stable. In addition, in order to solve economic hardships, the DPRK seeks enhanced cooperation with the Soviet Union.