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  • January 25, 1979

    Cable from the GDR Embassy in Pyongyang, 'DPRK Proposals on Korea's Unification'

    The DPRK addresses Korea's unification issue, asking for a declaration from both Koreas to end to political slandering and military hostilities.

  • January 28, 1979

    US Secretary of State Memorandum, Prospects for Intra-Korean Dialogue

    Cyrus Vance outlines the prospects for a new round of dialogue between North Korea and South Korea, as well as how the United States and China should encourage such a dialogue.

  • February 09, 1979

    Mongolian Record of Conversation with Soviet Officials in Moscow, February 1979

    Discusses the cancellation of the alliance treaty between China and the Soviet Union, and the impact this will have on the Mongolian People’s Republic. They are urged not to hurry the cancellation of the treaty, however, because China has not yet explicitly asked for it. They also note that there are anti-Soviet propaganda items being spread in Korea, and the growing role the U.S. is playing in Chinese affairs.

  • February 17, 1979

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

    The DPRK asks Czechoslvakia to construct a nuclear power plant, and also for uranium-mining equipment.

  • February 21, 1979

    Letter, Andrew Young to Abdalla Yaccoub Bishara containing "Report on the Activities of the United Nations Command (UNC) (December 17, 1977 - December 17, 1978)"

    Andrew Young a report of the United Nations Command concerning the maintenance of the Korean Armistice Agreement, North Korean naval intrusions, and North Korean tunnel in DMZ.

  • February 23, 1979

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

    The Hungarian Ambassador in North Korea reports on the construction of the Kori Nuclear Power Plant in South Korea, highlighting that South Korea's projected power output would eventually surpass North Korea's by three-fold. As a result, North Korea was anxious to build its own nuclear power plant and perhaps even an atomic bomb.

  • 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.