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  • March 09, 1979

    US Department of State Cable, North/South Korean Talks

    U.S. Ambassador William Gleysteen reports on his attempts to reassure South Korea that the United States would not engage in talks directly with North Korea.

  • April 07, 1979

    Telegram to the Direct of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, “Report on DPRK’s Foreign Minister Heo Dam’s Visit to Yugoslavia, etc."

    Report on Foreign Minister of North Korea Heo Dam's visit to Yugoslavia. The report covers the conversation between Heo and Yugoslavia on the matter of the Non-Aligned movement, Yugoslavia's support for North Korea's inter-Korean reunification, and the political situation in Indochina.

  • April 19, 1979

    Telegram to the Minister of Foreign Affairs from the Director of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency, “Document regarding Forecasts on the North Korean Puppets' Foreign Loans from Western Countries and Its Redemption"

    An analysis on North Korea's foreign loan situation in the 1970, including the scale of foreign loans, causes of debt accumulation, and forecasts on North Korea's redemption policy.

  • May, 1979

    Korea Status Report

    Korea status report on inter-Korean talks, Ping-pong Diplomacy, and its prospects.

  • May 02, 1979

    Main Points of the Talks with Foreign Minister Ho Dam of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on 2 May 1979

    Kurt Waldheim and Heo Dam discuss the Korean armistice and the possibilities for dialogue between the two Koreas.

  • May 21, 1979

    Notes on a Meeting in Seoul on 5 May 1979, 10:30 – 12:30 AM

    Kurt Waldheim and Park Chung Hee discuss the Secretary General's recent trip to Pyongyang and conversation with Kim Il Sung, as well as the possibilities for dialogue between North Korea, South Korea, and the United States.

  • June 01, 1979

    US Department of State Cable, Coordination of Initiative with President Park to Reduce Tensions on the Korean Peninsula

    Warren Christopher reports that Jimmy Carter would like to push for tripartite talks between the U.S., South Korea, and North Korea, and instructs the Ambassador in Seoul to approach the South Korean leadership on this matter.

  • June 01, 1979

    Telegram from the Secretary of State to the American Embassy in Seoul, 'Coordination of Initiative with President Park to Reduce Tensions on the Korean Peninsula'

    Secretary of the State Cyrus Vance sent a message to the US embassy in Seoul to inform President Park of the importance with which President Carter views his forthcoming discussions.

  • June 04, 1979

    US Department of State Cable, Coordination of Initiative with President Park to Reduce Tensions on the Korean Peninsula

    U.S. Ambassador to Korea William Gleysteen reports on his meeting with Park Chung Hee about the possibility of triparite talks taking place between the U.S., South Korea, and North Korea.

  • June 05, 1979

    Note for the File: Meeting with Ambassador Han Si Hae (DPRK) on 1 June 1979

    Mayrhofer writes a note on meeing with DPRK ambassador Han Si Hae on 1 June, 1979.

  • June 07, 1979

    Plan of Response to the US Proposal for Three-Way Talks

    Analysis on problems of the US proposal for three-way talks and plan of alternative suggestion by ROK government.

  • June 08, 1979

    Hungarian Embassy in Canada, Ciphered Telegram, 8 June 1979. Subject: Vietnamese-DPRK relations.

    The increasingly dicey relations between North Korea and Vietnam are highlighted in this telegram. North Korea continues to side with China and Cambodia in Vietnamese policies, and is pushing for Vietnamese expulsion from the Non-Aligned Movement. Such acts are bringing Vietnam to the breaking point in its relations with North Korea, heralding a recall of its ambassador from Pyongyang.

  • June 08, 1979

    Memorandum for Zbigniew Brzezinski from Nick Platt, 'PRC Meeting on PRM-45 Thursday, June 7, 1979,’ June 6, 1979, and Policy Review Committee, 'Korea'

    Brzezinski sent a summary of the PRC meeting, including a discussion on the inter-relationship between troop withdrauwl policy and human rights issues in South Korea.

  • June 12, 1979

    US Department of State Cable, Korea Trilateral -- Response to Foreign Ministry Dialogue

    Cyrus Vance authorizes William Gleysteen to report to the South Koreans on the proposed tripartite talks between the U.S., South Korea, and North Korea.

  • June 19, 1979

    ROK’s Position Regarding the Trilateral Meeting (Draft Plan)

    Guidelines to the Ambassador to the US when opening negotiations with the US regarding trilateral meeting during President Jimmy Carter's visit.

  • June 29, 1979

    US Department of State Cable, Request for Indonesian Good Offices to Facilitate ROK and US Discussions with North Korea

    Cyrus Vance reveals that Jimmy Carter and Park Chung Hee hope to rely upon Indonesia to facilitate a tripartite dialogue between the U.S., South Korea, and North Korea.

  • June 30, 1979

    US Department of State Cable, Presidential Message

    Jimmy Carter writes to Suharto on Indonesia's offer to facilitate a tripartite dialogue between the U.S., North Korea, and South Korea.

  • June 30, 1979

    Telegram from the US Delegation/Secretary in Seoul to the American Embassy in Jakarta, 'Presidential Message'

    US Embassy in Seoul sent a message to President Carter with thanks for his help to make Indonesia available to facilitate a meeting between North Korea, South Korea, and the United States.

  • July 01, 1979

    US Department of State Cable, Formal ROK-US Communication to North Korea

    Ambassador Gleysteen reports on the prospects of relying on Indonesia to facilitate a tripartite dialogue between the U.S., South Korea, and North Korea.

  • July 03, 1979

    Interoffice Memorandum from Ellen Lukas to the Office of the Secretary-General, 'North Korea Denounced US-South Korea Communique Calling for Trilateral Talks on Reunification'

    Han Si-hae and Secretary General Kurt Waldheim discuss the dialogue initiative involving the US, North Korea, and South Korea, and the role of the United Nations in facilitating such discussions.