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  • May 21, 1980

    Cable from the US Embassy in Seoul to the US Secretary of State, 'The Kwangju Crisis'

    Ambassador Gleysteen writes that the "massive insurrection in Kwangju is still out of control."

  • May 21, 1980

    Memorandum from Donald Gregg for Zbigniew Brzezinski, 'Up-Date on Korea'

    Donald Gregg proposes that the United States "work with the current Korean leadership" but "express a carefully calibrated degree of disapproval" of the Gwangju massacre.

  • May 22, 1980

    Record of Policy Review Committee Meeting, 'Korea'

    Officials from the US Department of State, the White House, the CIA, NSC, OSD, and JCS determine US policy toward South Korea in light of the events in Gwangju.

  • May 22, 1980

    Action Memorandum from Richard Holbrooke and Anthony Lake to the US Secretary of State, 'PRC Meeting on Korea'

    Richard Holbrooke and Anthony Lake brief the US Secretary of State on the upcoming policy review committee meeting on the ongoing unrest in South Korea.

  • May 23, 1980

    Memorandum from Donald Gregg for Zbigniew Brzezinski, 'Mike Oksenberg's Note on Korea'

    Donald Gregg and Michel Oksenberg outline US policy toward Korea in light of the incident in Gwangju.

  • May 28, 1980

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

    A Hungarian diplomat learns of the North Korean Minister of Public Security's activities in light of the Gwangju Uprising in South Korea.

  • June 06, 1980

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

    A North Korean newspaper editor describes his views of Chun Doo-hwan to a Hungarian diplomat.