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  • July, 1982

    National Intelligence Estimate, NIE-4-82, 'Nuclear Proliferation Trends Through 1987'

    With proliferation becoming a “greater threat to US interests over the next five years,” intelligence analysts believed that the “disruptive aspect of the proliferation phenomenon will constitute the greater threat to the United States.” While the estimators saw “low potential” for terrorist acquisition of nuclear weapons, the likelihood of terrorist/extortionist hoaxes was on the upswing. Significant portions of the NIE are excised, especially the estimate of Israel’s nuclear arsenal and its impact in the Middle East. Nevertheless, much information remains on the countries of greatest concern: Iraq and Libya in the Near East, India and Pakistan in South Asia, Brazil and Argentina in Latin America, and the Republic of South Africa, as well as those of lesser concern: Iran, Egypt, Taiwan and the two Koreas.

  • July 29, 1982

    Untitled report from Stanisław Jewdoszuk, Polish Diplomat in Pyongyang

    Com. Jewdoszuk reports that, in connection with the succession issue, propaganda around Kim Jong Il is increasing.

  • September 24, 1982

    Hungarian Embassy in Pakistan, Ciphered Telegram, 24 September 1982. Subject: Pakistani-DPRK relations.

    The status of relations between Pakistan and North Korea is discussed in this telegram. One point of concern between the two nations was how South Korea kept a consulate in Pakistan, which was about to be upgraded to the ambassadorial level. The Korean reunification question also was briefly discussed.

  • October 14, 1982

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Ciphered Telegram, 14 October 1982. Subject: Pakistani-DPRK relations.

    A commercial agreement signed between Pakistan and North Korea is discussed in this ciphered telegram.

  • October 29, 1982

    Hungarian Embassy in Pakistan, Ciphered Telegram, 29 October 1982. Subject: Pakistani-DPRK relations.

    Pakistani-North Korean relations are the subject of this telegram. Among the issues discussed was the stance of Pakistan and North Korea in the ongoing Soviet war in Afghanistan. In addition a new trade agreement was signed between the two nations.

  • November 16, 1982

    Information About Some Aspects of the Population Policy in the Capital of the DPRK, Pyongyang

    North Korea is reportedly expelling illegal residents from Pyongyang and overall seeks to manage the population of the capital so that it is "politically reliable."

  • November 17, 1982

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Report, 17 November 1982. Subject: The visit of Pakistani President Zia ul-Haq in the DPRK.

    Sándor Etre offers an analysis of Pakistani President Zia ul-Haq's visit to the DPRK and North Korea's efforts to influence the Non-Aligned Movement.

  • January 10, 1983

    Information About the Population Policy of the DPRK

    Reports suggest that North Korea is cracking down on illegal internal migration, although many young people are still living in Pyongyang without proper permits.

  • February 09, 1983

    Hungarian Embassy in Indonesia, Ciphered Telegram, 9 February 1983. Subject: The visit of a DPRK deputy foreign minister in Indonesia.

    Inter-Korean relations is the topic of discussion in this ciphered telegram. North Korea is expecting Indonesian support in the Non-Aligned movement on the reunification issue. However, Indonesia maintained this was a domestic dispute and it had no place to oversee negotiations.

  • February 11, 1983

    Letter, Kyung-Won Kim to H.E. Ambassador O.A. Troyanovsky

    Ambassador Kim denounces North Korea for distorting the ROK-US defensive military exercise and contributing to the tension in Korean peninsula.

  • March 02, 1983

    Hungarian Embassy in Mongolia, Report, 2 March 1983. Subject: Vietnamese views about North Korean policies.

    The report concerns Vietnamese relations with North Korea. Vietnam views the policies of the ruling North Korean party to be counter to the ideals of Marxism, and has provided for strained relations. Vietnam also believes North Korea to be conspiring with China against Vietnam. The question of the Non-Aligned Movement's objectives was also a topic for discussion.

  • March 05, 1983

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Report, 5 March 1983. Subject: The DPRK’s activities before the 7th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement.

    Sándor Etre summarizes North Korea's diplomatic activity in the lead up to the 7th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in New Delhi.

  • March 07, 1983

    Memorandum, Hungarian Academy of Sciences to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    The DPRK asks Hungary to train Korean experts on the operation and management of a nuclear power plant.

  • April 06, 1983

    Letter, Hungarian Foreign Ministry to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

    Hungary politely defers North Korea's request for training on a nuclear power plant to the Soviets.

  • July 28, 1983

    Memorandum, Branch Office of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Trade in Pyongyang to the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Trade

    At the Soviet-Korean Intergovernmental Economic, Technical, and Scientific Consultative Commission, the Soviets decline to extend technological cooperation with the Koreans until the DPRK is part of relevant international agreements.

  • August 04, 1983

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

    The Bulgarian Embassy in North Korea urges the DPRK to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty. North Korea won't commit, citing presence of US nuclear weapons in South Korea

  • August 15, 1983

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Ciphered Telegram, 15 August 1983. Subject: Conference of the ministers of education and culture of the Non-Aligned Movement in Pyongyang.

    In this telegram, the Non-Alignhed Movement convened in Pyongyang. The Cuban ambassador speaks about the proceedings, namely North Korea's negative posture throughout the conference and their insistence on imposing the Juche ideology. The extremist ideas of the Korean delegation did not successfully push through in the conference.

  • August 19, 1983

    Report, Embassy of Hungary in East Germany to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    The standpoints of the GDR on several international events related to Korea, including the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

  • August 23, 1983

    Information Report About the Present Activity of the DPRK Embassy in the GDR

    A detailed report about the North Korean embassy in East Germany, focusing on its political and propaganda activities.

  • September 12, 1983

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

    A request from Soviet Union to North Korea to explain North Korean actions regarding the KAL shootdown incident.