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  • July 30, 1951

    Telegram from Gromyko to Poskrebyshevu, Relaying a Letter from Kim Il Sung in Stalin's Name

    Kim Il Sung's letter states that DPRK has begun the shipment of lead, lead ore, and lead concentrate to the Soviet Union.

  • January 07, 1956

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK V. I. Ivanov for 7 January 1956

    Ivanov, Counsellor Petrov, and Pak Chang-ok meet Ippolitov, instructor of the technological institute. Ippolitov points out that North Korea’s ore mining industry is suffering from serious underutilization.

  • January 19, 1956

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK V. I. Ivanov for 19 January 1956

    On behalf of the North Korean government, Nam Il requests Ivanov and Deputy Trade Representative that the USSR supply more material aid to ore mining enterprises in the DPRK.

  • April 17, 1956

    Memo from K. Koval to the CPSU CC, on Soviet provision of industrial equipment to the DPRK

    Table that shows the timeframes, volumes, and fulfillment of Soviet equipment obligations to the DPRK.

  • August 07, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 7 August 1957

    Puzanov and a KWP CC official discuss aid to Vietnam, the DPRK's efforts to overfulfill the targets of the economic plan, North Korea's nonferrous metal industry, and the DPRK's enhanced technical capabilities.

  • August 10, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 10 August 1957

    Kim Il Sung and Puzanov discuss the use of corn for livestock feed, the need to mechanize DPRK agriculture, the city of Nampo and its industrial capabilities, and the startup of zinc production through Soviet aid in the non-ferrous metals industry.

  • October 25, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 25 October 1957

    Jeong Il-yong discusses the issue concerning the construction of the Seongjin Steel Foundry and Nam Il informs Puzanov of the Presidium meeting in which Kim Du-bong explains his ties with Choe Chang-ik and Kim Seung-hwa in the previous year.

  • November 27, 1970

    Telegram to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from Minister of External Trade N. Patolichev

    The Minister writes about the DPRK’s failure to fulfill its trade obligations to the USSR. While the DPRK continues to blames its inability to deliver its goods on infrastructural weaknesses and political tensions on the peninsula, the Ministry finds that these problems should not deter the production and export of certain goods. The DPRK’s debt amounts to more than 60 million rubles, and the trade gap shows no signs of decreasing.

  • January 20, 1978

    TELEGRAM 066.519 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang reports on the planned visit of an East German delegation to Pyongyang.

  • March 02, 1978

    TELEGRAM 066.575 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    East Germany signs a scientific cooperation protocol with the DPRK.