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  • October 18, 1976

    Press Release of the Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Announcement that all North Korean Embassy personnel in Oslo have been asked to leave the country following reports of smuggling through the embassy.

  • October 18, 1976

    Telegram to the Embassy in Pyongyang, 'Deportation North Korean Diplomats'

    Two press releases on the discovery of smuggling activities by personnel at the North Korean Embassy in Oslo.

  • October 18, 1976

    Letter from Norwegian Police Security Service to Foreign Ministry, 'The North Korean Embassy - Illegal Import and Distribution of Spirits, Cigarettes, etc.'

    Surveillance of the North Korean Embassy in Oslo discovered it was the source of illegal import and distribution of spirits and cigarettes, and the illegal activities were directed by the North Korean Foreign Ministry.

  • October 19, 1976

    Letter from Willum Steen, Police Security Service, to Sverre Gjellum, Minister of Foreign Affairs, 'North Korean Embassy - Illegal Import and Distribution of Spirits, Cigarettes, etc.'

    Cover letter with notes submitted to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

  • October 19, 1976

    Notes to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, 'Smuggling - North Korea's Embassy'

    Chargé d’affaires of the North Korean Embassy in Oslo is informed that all embassy personnel (including the ambassador) must leave the country following the discovery of wide-scale smuggling activities.

  • October 19, 1976

    The President's Daily Brief, October 19, 1976

    The CIA reports that Norway and Denmark have expelled North Korean diplomats for smuggling alcohol and tobacco.

  • October 20, 1976

    Cable, Cornell, Swedish Embassy, Pyongyang, to the Cabinet, Stockholm

    Swedish Charge D'Affairs in Pyongyang Erik Cornell reports, after a conversation with the country's Deputy Foreign Ministe, that the North Korean government is distancing itself from its diplomats' smuggling and resents the unilateral decisions taken in Copenhagen and Oslo to expel North Korean diplomats. Cornell also notes the vulnerable position of the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang and urges caution.

  • October 21, 1976

    Dispatch from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Embassy in Beijing, 'North Korea's Embassy in Oslo'

    Norway will not reverse its decision to expel the current North Korean embassy staff. Visas have been received and approved for new staff.

  • October 21, 1976

    Telegram from Norwegian Embassy in Bonn, 'Smuggling at North Korea's Embassies'

    Summary of reports in German newspapers on North Korea embassies smuggling activities in Nordic countries.

  • October 21, 1976

    Telegram from the Embassy in Beijing, 'Smuggling at North Korean Embassy in Oslo'

    The North Korean Ambassador in Beijing protests that North Korean embassy personnel in Oslo were expelled without consultation of the North Korean government.

  • October 21, 1976

    Chairman of the Central Information Group to the Deputy Minister

    Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland expelled all embassy workers from DPRK, accusing them of smuggling weapons, alcohol and cigarettes.The Chairman of the Central Information Group (Zentrale Auswertungs- und Informationsgruppe) of the GDR requests the Deputy Minister check all Korean embassy workers, including diplomats and their relative, and to keep them under careful surveillance.

  • October 22, 1976

    Letter from Norwegian Information Service in the United States to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'Facsimile - North Korean Smuggling in Scandinavia'

    Newspaper articles from the United States report on North Korean smuggling activities in Nordic embassies.

  • October 22, 1976

    Telegram from Norwegian Ambassador to China to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'North Korea's Embassy in Oslo'

    The North Korean Ambassador to China blames "invidiuals at the embassy in Oslo" for illegal smuggling activities there.

  • October 22, 1976

    Telegram from Norwegian Embassy in Washington, DC to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'Expulsion of North Korean Diplomats from Scandinavia'

    Summary of a Washington Post article on the North Korean smuggling scandal in Norway.

  • October 22, 1976

    Cable, US Embassy Oslo to the Secretary of State, 'Media Reaction - North Korean Smuggling'

    This cable discusses coverage of the North Korean smuggling scandals in the Norwegian press.

  • October 23, 1976

    Note from the Embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in Oslo to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    North Korea objects to the expulsion of North Korean embassy personnel from Norway and denies that any illegal smuggling took place.

  • October 27, 1976

    Telegram from Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo, 'Comment on Expulsion of North Korean Embassy Personnel'

    Article from the Japanese Times on North Korean smuggling activities in Sweden and Norway.

  • October 27, 1976

    Jaakko Kaurinkoski, 'Diplomatic/meetings: Beijing, Wednesday'

    A memo on talks between Nordic ambassadors in Beijing and their North Korean counterpart on the smuggling affair.

  • October 28, 1976

    Telegram from Norwegian Embassy in Pyongyang, 'Expulsion of North Korean Diplomats'

    A notification for a letter received from the DPRK Embassy in Oslo.

  • October 28, 1976

    Cable, US Embassy Oslo to the Secretary of State, 'Media Report - North Korean Expulsions'

    This cable reproduces a Norwegian Daily Aftenposten report on a meeting between the North Korean, Norwegian, Danish, and Finnish Ambassadors in Peking, China. It focuses especially on North Korean desires to maintain relationships with the Nordic countries.