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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • August 26, 1971

    Request to Include Item in Twenty-Sixth Session of UN General Assembly, 'Dissolution of United Nations Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea'

    Representative Dugersuren proposes that the dissolution of UNCURK be added to the General Assembly agenda. The Mongolian government believes that UNCURK is a front for US involvement in Asian matters and is blocking Korean unification.

  • August 27, 1971

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

    In reaction to an incident on 24 August involving the mutiny of a number of 'military convicts,' ROK Air Force Chief of Staff and Minister of Defense have resigned, and the government agencies concerned with the maintenance of public security and order are being discredited.

  • August 30, 1971

    Meeting between Soviet academic and envoy to Israel, Yevgeni Primakov and Israeli Prime Minister, Golda Meir, 30 August 1971

    Primakov came to hear a concrete offer from Golda on how to push the peace process forward. The Prime Minister was unwilling to go into specifics. Primakov informed Golda that as far as the Soviet Union was concerned there was a linkage between Israeli concessions and immigration of Jews from the Soviet Union. According to Primakov, as long as the Arab-Israeli conflict remained unsettled, the Soviet Union could not be seen as acting against the interests of its Arab allies by allowing unrestricted Jewish immigration from the Soviet Union to Israel.

  • 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 09, 1971

    Message to Kim Il Sung from Eldridge Cleaver

    Eldridge Cleaver sends a message to Kim Il Sung celebrating the twenty-third anniversary of the founding of DPRK. Cleaver praises the Juche principle and the Korean revolution for national independence against the Japanese fascists and US imperialists. Koreans are described as the prime mover of the international revolutionary movement and as having built a powerful independent socialist country. Cleaver praises North Korea's efforts in reaching out to the southern hemisphere that is suffering from US neo-colonialism.

  • 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 08, 1971

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

    In the first three quarters of FY 1971, the ROK economy has experienced increased inflation, an export deficit , and a decrease in industrial and textile production.

  • 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

    Consultative Group on Development Assistance to ROK

    The United Nations Press Section releases an announcement on the Consultative Group meeting on development assistance to the Republic of Korea in Tokyo on 28 and 29 October, 1971. ROK Deputy Prime Minister Kim Hak Yul announces the Third Five Year Plan, which targets increased financial stability through investment financed by ROK savings and adjusting state policies.

  • 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 10, 1971

    Letter, Ozbudun to Narasimhan, "ROK Troop Withdrawal from Viet-Nam"

    The ROK government announces their Vietnam troop wtihdrawal plans. Ozbudun believes the plan is connected to the PRC's entry into the UN.

  • November 10, 1971

    Letters between Narasimhan and Ozbudun

    Ozbudun updates Narasimhan on the ROK government's plan to lift suspension of schools, the National Assembly's inspection of all government departments, the emergence of a bipartisan ROK foreign policy in connection with the PRC's entry to the UN, and the "Resolution on the Preservation of National Interest."

  • November 11, 1971

    Letter, Ozbudun to Narasimhan, "Removal of the 'Garrison Act'"

    Ozbudun informs Narasimhan about the lifting of the "Garrison Act" effective 9 November 1971 by the ROK Government.

  • November 11, 1971

    Letter, Ozbudun to Narasimhan, "PRC's Entry into the United Nations: Repercussions"

    ROK doubts are rising due to the PRC's entry into the UN. Many debate ROK's position in connection with UNCURK and UNC.

  • November 11, 1971

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

    Ozbudun reports on the Red Cross negotiations between two Koreas.

  • November 15, 1971

    Cable from William P. Rogers to American Embassy Paris, 'Military Relations with France'

    Text of a letter from Foster to Blancard discussing an exchange of nuclear safety information between the United States and France. Foster goes into detail about the specific procedures and systems which could be discussed. The US could not exchange any information classified as Restricted Data or Formerly Restricted Data.

  • November 16, 1971

    Memorandum from Theodore L Eliot Jr. to Henry A. Kissinger, 'Joint Committee on Atomic Energy Hearings on Projected Nuclear Safety Talks with the French'

    Description of a hearing held by the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy to discuss sharing nuclear safety information with the French. Issues raised included the effect of the talks on US-Soviet relations, the question of who initiated the talks, and the type of information which could and could not be shared. Overall the hearing was successful and most of the Committee (aside from Senator Symington) was in favor of the information exchange.

  • November 19, 1971

    South African Nuclear Fuel Agreement

    U.S. State Department memorandum weighing the arguments for and against renewing the agreement to sell uranium enrichment services to South Africa. The political fallout from engaging with the South African apartheid regime coupled with the fact that they had not signed the NPT were closely considered.

  • November 23, 1971

    Letters between Narasimhan and Ozbudun

    Ozbudun updates Narasimhan on domestic and international affairs in ROK. The 9th preliminary Red Cross talks made no progress. The ROK government worries that PRC's entry in the UN will affect the UN Korean question discussion. A Russian reporter may visit Seoul to sound out potential trade relations. Japan decides to forgo trade and banking relations with North Korea.