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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • November 22, 1980

    Telegram from the Hungarian Embassy in Pyongyang, 'The KWP’s 6th Congress (Mongolian evaluation)'

    A report on the conversation with the Mongolian ambassador regarding the intensifying Kim Il Sung cult and the elevation of Kim Jong Il.

  • November 24, 1980

    Hungarian Embassy in Nigeria, Report, 24 November 1980. Subject: Contacts between the Korean Workers’ Party and the National Party of Nigeria.

    This telegram concerns the relations between North Korea and Nigeria, especially the establishment of commercial and economic cooperation.

  • November 25, 1980

    Hungarian Embassy in Ethiopia, Telegram, 25 November 1980. Subject: DPRK-Ethiopian relations.

    The status of diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and North Korea are discussed in this telegram. The then-recent Somali-Ethiopian conflict is brought up, and there is evident misgiving on Ethiopia's part regarding North Korean relations with Somalia.

  • December 04, 1980

    The Chinese attitude towards the Korean Workers’ Party’s 6th Congress

    Note on the The Informational Department sent 'The Chinese attitude towards the Korean Workers’ Party’s 6th Congress' to Comrade Berecz.

  • December 05, 1980

    Telegram from the Hungarian Embassy in Pyongyang, 'Report to the Political Bureau on the Korean Workers’ Party’s 6th Congress and on the celebrations of the 35th anniversary of the foundation of the KWP'

    A report to the political bureau on the Korean Worker's Party's 6th Congress and on the celebrations of the 35th anniversary of the foundation of the Korean Worker's Party.

  • December 09, 1980

    Record for the Vice Minister Comrade Dr. Házi Vencel about the consultations with Comrade O Man-seok, the Head of Department of the DPRK’s Foreign Affairs Ministry

    O Man-seok's brief of DPRK internal policies activities to move forward the cause of unifying Korea.

  • February 16, 1981

    Hungarian Foreign Ministry, 4th Main Department, Memorandum, 16 February 1981. Subject: Establishment of a Social Democratic Party in the DPRK.

    The Hungarian Foreign Ministry reports that the Korean Democratic Party has changed names and become known as the Korean Social Democratic Party.

  • March 12, 1981

    Hungarian Embassy in Nicaragua, Telegram, 'DPRK aid to Nicaragua'

    The Hungarian Embassy in Nicaragua notes the arrival of a North Korean cultural delegation and comments on the DPRK's government plans to help with construction in Nicaragua.

  • March 12, 1981

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

    The Soviet Union continues talks with the DPRK regarding economic issues. The Soviet Union extends North Korea's credit, yet continues to defer the construction of the repeatedly requested power plant. Sino-Korean relations are also criticized.

  • April 09, 1981

    Special Assistant for NPI, NFAC, CIA, to Resource Management Staff, Office of Program Assessment et al, 'Request for Review of Draft Paper on the Security Dimension of Non-Proliferation'

    Just a few months into President Reagan’s first term his administration wanted to make its own mark on nonproliferation policy. The report suggests building “broader bilateral relationship[s]” and offering political and security incentives could persuade states considering developing nuclear weapons to cease these efforts.

  • April 30, 1981

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

    A North Korean delegations visits technical universities and colleges in Czechoslovakia and the GDR. North Korea urgently seeks to send post-graduate students and trainees to study in fields related to nuclear physics, laser technology, etc.

  • December 28, 1981

    Hungarian Embassy in Bangladesh, Telegram, 28 December 1981. Subject: DPRK-Bangladesh relations.

    During a visit of the DPRK premier to Dacca, Bangladesh expresses its views on the Non-Aligned Movement and talks about its domestic situation and interactions with the DPRK.

  • January 02, 1982

    Untitled report from Leon Tomaszewski, Polish Ambassador in Pyongyang, describing his conversation with Kim Il Sung that took place on December 30th, 1981

    In conversation with Com. Tomaszewski, Kim Il Sung analyzed Poland's declaration of martial law.

  • February 22, 1982

    Hungarian Embassy in Guinea, Report, 22 February 1982. Subject: Guinean-South Korean relations.

    Dirda notes the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two Koreas and Guinea.

  • March 11, 1982

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Report, 11 March 1982. Subject: North Korean activities in the Non-Aligned Movement.

  • 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.