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  • July 09, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    A UN Command officer suggests future ROK and DPRK talks should be conducted directly. The ROK government, anxious to maintain US and UN military presence in ROK, criticizes the statement.

  • August 20, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    North and South Korean Red Cross organizations meet to undertake the reunion of separated families. Although the event is a step toward unification, UNCURK is doubtful that the North-South relationship will improve.

  • September 02, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    A thaw in the North-South relationship is occuring, as evidenced by the Red Cross organizations' talks, ROK government's flexible policy on socialist countries, and talking points for initial contact between the two governments.

  • September 17, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Ozbudun to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    Director-General of the National Red Cross of Korea Chang Woo Chu informally asks UNCURK to participate in North-South Red Cross talks. UNCURK committee decides their participation may harm the delicate situation.

  • September 18, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Ozbudun to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    Ozbudun believes UNCURK should not participate in the Red Cross talks between the two Koreas.

  • October 21, 1971

    Letters, UNCURK Principal Secretary Ozbudun to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    Ozbudun updates Narasimhan on domestic and peninsular political developments. President Park instates the Garrison Act of 1950 on college campuses, increasing repression tactics. The National Assembly reconvened after 12 days of deadlock over the agenda. While the Red Cross "family search campaign" is in deadlock over the agenda, the general mood is positive.

  • November 01, 1971

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

    The Embassy of Hungary in North Korea reports on a trip of Pak Seong-cheol to Moscow to discuss the unification of the Korean peninsula.

  • November 03, 1971

    Letters between Narasimhan and Ozbudun

    Ozbudun updates Narasimhan on field trips taken by UNCURK, the next meeting of UNCURK in Tokyo, the North-South Red Cross negotiations, and the National Assembly and ROK foreign policy.

  • November 11, 1971

    Letter, Ozbudun to Narasimhan, "North-South Red Cross Talks"

    Ozbudun reports on the Red Cross negotiations between two Koreas.

  • November 20, 1971

    Preliminary Meeting between North and South Korea

    North Korean delegate Kim Deok-hyeon and South Korean delegate Jeong Hong-jin discuss family meetings and agree to set up a meeting between higher ranking officials.

  • November 29, 1971

    Letter, Ozbudun to Narasimhan

    In connection with the issue of two Chinas in the UN, Kim Dae Jung proposes an ROK national effort toward national unification by precluding war and consideration of simultaneous entry of the two Koreas into the UN.

  • December 01, 1971

    Letters between Narasimhan and Ozbudun

    Ozbudun updates Narasimhan on the proposal of an agenda for full Red Cross negotiations, the ROK government's willingness to establish diplomatic relations with non-aligned countries that have relations with North Korea, and UNCURK's invitation to meet with the NNCS.

  • December 10, 1971

    Meeting between North and South Korean Delegates at the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission

    In meeting between North Korean delegate Kim Deok-hyeon and South Korean delegate Jeong Hong-jin, the South explains that it wants to see progress within the Red Cross negotiations, while the North presses for a meeting between high level officials.

  • December 17, 1971

    13th Preliminary Conference between Delegates of North and South Korea at the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission

    A meeting between delegates of the North and South in which both sides provide detailed responses to questions raised in a previous meeting.

  • December 20, 1971

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

    The Embassy of Hungary in North Korea recounts statements from Kim Il Sung regarding South Korea, Soviet-American relations, and his views of the Soviet Union.

  • December 30, 1971

    Letters between Narasimhan and Ozbudun

    In a series of letters, Narasimhan provides updates on the state of emergency, the Red Cross negotiations, North Korea's defense posture, the US ambassador's remarks on US-ROK relations, North Korean infiltrations, and UNCURK meetings.

  • January 13, 1972

    Letters between Narasimhan and Ozbudun

    Updates on the intensification of military tension, Park Chung Hee's commitment to war preparations through heavy and chemical industries, hypothesis on Japan's view on the Korean question, and Park's support of Red Cross talks.

  • January 20, 1972

    Telegram, Embassy of Hungary in Poland to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    The Embassy of Hungary in Poland reports on the Korean reunification question, the status of relations between North and South Vietnam, and America's involvement in Vietnam.

  • January 20, 1972

    Letters between Narasimhan and Ozbudun

    Updates concerning Park Chung Hee's New Years speech on peaceful unification, Red Cross negotiations, and ROK refusal of dual admission of the Koreas into the UN, and the 14th preliminary North-South Red Cross negotiations.

  • January 29, 1972

    Preliminary Conference between Delegates of North and South Korea

    This conversation focuses on the delegate of the North suggesting that both parties should carry letters of confidence to prove both of their legitimacy, but the delegate of the South believes this is unnecessary