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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

    Annex 1 to 'The Embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in Helsinki; Measures in Connection with Activities of Embassy Personnel'

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Finland announces the expulsion of North Korean diplomats.

  • October 20, 1976

    Annex 2 to 'The Embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in Helsinki; Measures in Connection with Activities of Embassy Personnel'

    Announcing the expulsion of North Korean diplomats in Helsinki due to their involvement in a smuggling operation.

  • October 20, 1976

    Memorandum from Juhani Suomi, Head of Political Department, ' Embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in Finland; Police Investigation and Possible Measures'

    Finnish Foreign Ministry and police officials discuss evidence of smuggling carried out by North Korean diplomats in Helsinki.

  • 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

    Notes for Interim Press Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'Smuggling - North Korea's Embassy'

    The North Korean ambassador is advised to leave Sweden following the discovery of smuggling activities in North Korean embassies.

  • October 21, 1976

    Memorandum from Oy Alko Ab to Detective Inspector Veijalainen

    A police report on the quantities of alcohol and cigarettes smuggled into Finland by North Korean diplomats.

  • 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 21, 1976

    Note from Ossi Sunell, Head of Protocol Department, 'The Embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in Helsinki; Measures in Connection with Activities of Embassy Personnel'

    The North Korean charge d'affairs in Helsinki protests the Finnish Foreign Ministry's decision to expel diplomats from the DPRK embassy in the wake of the smuggling scandal.

  • 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 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.