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  • January 21, 1980

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, January 21, 1980, 057026, Secret

    A summary of statements by Kim Je-sook, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Korea. Kim addresses the issue of restarting dialogue between North and South Korea in the aftermath of Park Chung Hee's death.

  • January 24, 1980

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, January 24, 1980, 057030, Secret

    A report on a meeting between North and South Korean representatives at Panmunjeom and an upcoming meeting between Prime Ministers of the two countries.

  • January 26, 1980

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, January 16, 1980, 057022, Secret

    A report on North Korea's increasing interest in restarting dialogue with South Korea, especially to address the Korean reunification issue.

  • February 01, 1980

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Geneva to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, February 1, 1980, 028565, Secret

    An announcement by the ambassador of North Korea that Pyongyang is ready to make concessions toward South Korea.

  • February 02, 1980

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, February 2, 1980, 057040, Secret

    North Korea is worried that its outreach to South Korea "didn't produce the anticipated response from the opposition in South Korea."

  • February 07, 1980

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, February 7, 1980, 057053, Secret

    Summary of proposals and requests made during the first meeting in Panmunjom between the delegations of two Koreas

  • February 21, 1980

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, February 21, 1980, 057069, Secret

    Report of the second meeting of the North and South Korean delegations, discussing the preparation for the talks between the prime ministers of the two countries.

  • March 01, 1980

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

    A conversation with the Chinese ambassador on the Chinese population in the DPRK and China-ROK relationship

  • March 04, 1980

    CPSU CC Directive to Soviet Ambassadors in Communist Countries, Instructions 'About the China Question'

    Instructions to Soviet ambassadors on dealing with China's outreach to socialist countries in the eastern bloc, outlining a series of steps for Soviet ambassadors to follow which would foster skepticism about China’s intentions and thwart efforts by Chinese representatives to make wide-ranging contacts in these states. The directive notes China’s hostility to Vietnam, Cuba, Laos, and Mongolia and contrasts this with its development of extensive relations with Romania, Yugoslavia, and North Korea.

  • March 10, 1980

    Evaluation of Chinese Policies toward Eastern Europe by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union

    This document addresses China's alleged bid to undermine the unity of the Socialist countries while maintaining special relations with Romania, Yugoslavia, and North Korea. Chinese foreign policy is seen as interfering in the domestic affairs of the Socialist states. By maintaining contacts with Western countries and by encouraging further armament of NATO, China is undermining the position of the Warsaw Pact. The Soviet evaluation assesses China as an unreliable partner in international relations and advises that all contacts of the Chinese government with foreign organizations or authorities be closely monitored.

  • March 10, 1980

    Congressman Solarz Visit to North Korea

    The Department of State notes that the ROK media reported LDP Diet member Mihara's decision not to go to Pyongyang, heightening the visibility and sensitivity of a visit by Congressman Solarz to the DPRK.

  • March 10, 1980

    The North-South Dialogue and Potential Codel Visit to North Korea

    Assistant Secretary Holbrooke informs the American Embassy in Seoul that Ambassador Kim Yong-sik and the ROK are extremely upset by Congressman Solarz's intent to go to Pyongyang. He emphasizes that Solarz is aware of US policy toward North Korea and would not carry a message from the US during his visit.

  • March 11, 1980

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Report, 11 March 1980. Subject: Korean-Yugoslav relations.

    Kim Yeong-nam asks for military assistance from and military exchanges with Yugoslavia and discusses plans to send DPRK citizens abroad to study certain industries.

  • March 17, 1980

    Potential Solarz Codel to North and South Korea

    This note discusses Congressman Solarz's potential visit to North Korea.

  • March 17, 1980

    Potential Solarz Codel to North and South Korea

    The note recounts a discussion with the South Korean Ambassador regarding Congressman Solarz's intention to visit North Korea.

  • April 18, 1980

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, April 18, 1980, 057138, Secret

    Statement from Park Young Seo regarding the meeting between South and North Korea on April 18, and the political agenda of each Korea regarding each other

  • April 29, 1980

    Letter, Donald F. McHenry to Sr. Porfirio Munoz Ledo containing 'Report on the Activities of the United Nations Command (UNC) (December 18, 1978 - December 15, 1979)'

    McHenry sends a report of the United Nations Command concerning the maintenance of the Armistice Agreement.

  • April 30, 1980

    Ciphered Telegram No. 68, Embassy of Hungary in Pakistan to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    Short analysis of Pakistani President Zia-ul-Haq's upcoming visits to China and North Korea, with discussion of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and Pakistan's nuclear program.

  • May 22, 1980

    Ministry of National Defense Report for the President, 'Intelligence on Activities of the North Korean Puppet Regime'

    The South Korean Ministry of National Defense analyzes Chinese evidence on an alleged North Korean invasion of South Korea.

  • May 22, 1980

    The Issue of the North Korean Invasion of the South

    Japan and China discuss the possibility of a North Korean invasion of South Korea.