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  • August 01, 1969

    Note, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, North Korea's Efforts to Establish Trade Missions in Western Europe (in English)

    The note points out the North Korean mission in Paris (since 1968) and the intent of both the Swiss and the Austrians to establish similar missions soon. It mentions the drying up of significant communist loans as a motivation for Pyongyang's increasingly Western economic orientation, particularly through machine and equipment import.

  • August 04, 1969

    Minister-Counsellor of the Soviet Embassy in North Korea, 'Information About a Trip to Panmunjom'

    Shubnikov discusses the situation in Panmunjom, stating that troop movements are calmer than during the previous year. He assumes that both Koreas do not want to be accused of aggressive behavior prior to the UN discussion of the Korean issue.

  • August 13, 1969

    Memorandum of Conversation of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'Relations with North Korea'

    Memorizes a visit by the director of Shell in the Netherlands who reported a message from his colleague in Seoul that establishment of a permanent trade representation by North Korea in the Netherlands would cause significant harm to Shell's operations in South Korea. The Ministry informed him of the talks with the Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion and called the issue "entirely open".

  • August 17, 1969

    Record of Conversation between N. M. Shubnikov and Kim Cheol-man, First Deputy Chief of the Korean People's Army General Staff

    Kim Cheol-man states that at 11:15 am, an anti-aircraft artillery of Korean People’s Army shot down an American military helicopter, which intruded into the airspace of DPRK.

  • August 18, 1969

    Cables, Director of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General Kittani to UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari, Concerning Request of Supplementary Item on GA Agenda

    Director of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the UN Ismat T. Kittani cables to Principal Secretary of the UNCURK about the request the addition of supplementary items to the twenty-fourth General Assembly agenda. The requests are titled "Withdrawal of United States and All Other Foreign Forces Occupying South Korea under the Flag of the United Nations" and "Dissolution of UNCURK."

  • August 28, 1969

    Record of Conversation between N. M. Shubnikov and Janos Lewandowski, the Director of the 2nd Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland

    After discussing economic relations between the DPRK and Poland, Lewandowski states that DPRK’s absence in the International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ parties cannot be justified. He denounces Juche ideology as a purely nationalist policy which has nothing to do with the ideas of internationalism.

  • September, 1969

    Eldridge Cleaver Notebooks, September 1969

    Eldridge Cleaver's handwritten notes from his travels to North Korea in September 1969 for the "International Conference on Tasks of Journalists of the Whole World in their Fight against U.S. Imperialist Aggression."

  • September 01, 1969

    Report about the Trip of a Delegation from Primorsky Kray to Northern Hamgyong Province

    The delegation from Primorsky Kray visited various places in the Northern Hamgyong and describes their impressions, such as how primitive the factories were or how much the cult of Kim Il Sung was evident in society.

  • September 05, 1969

    Letter from Eldridge Cleaver to David Hilliard

    Eldridge Cleaver gives a list of specific instructions and suggestions on establishing relations with the communist parties in Asia and North Korea in particular.

  • September 06, 1969

    UNCURK Report Covering 20 April 1969 to 6 September 1969, UNCURK to the General Assembly

    Principle Secretary of UN Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea Zouheir Kuzbari and others in the Commission submit an UNCURK report coverning 20 April 1969 to 6 September 1969 to the General Assembly. The report outlines the objectives of the United Nations in Korea, the question of unification, security problems in the region, and political and economic developments.

  • September 10, 1969

    Letter, Czechoslovak Representative Zdenek Cernik, Request to Include Item in the Twenty-Fourth General Assembly Session Agenda, 'Dissolution of the UNCURK'

    Permanent Representative of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic to the UN Zdenek Cernik informs U Thant that the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic supports the request to include "Dissolution of the UN Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea" to the Twenty-Fourth General Assembly session agenda.

  • September 11, 1969

    Note, UN Secretary-General U Thant to the General Assembly, 'Question of Korea: Report of UNCURK'

    U Thant requests the inclusion of an additional item in the agenda of the twenty-fourth session of the General Assembly entitled "Question of Korea: Report of the UN Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea."

  • September 12, 1969

    Memorandum of Conversation Between Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Representatives of Three Dutch companies, Regarding the Establishment of a North Korean Trade Office in the Netherlands

    Representatives from the companies CKH, VMF and Grenko visited the Ministry to plead for the establishment of a North Korean trade office. The Ministry remained of the opinion, also informed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, that economic and political relations with South Korea would be unacceptably damaged by such rapprochement with North Korea.

  • September 12, 1969

    Letter, Tanzanian Representative Akili B.C. Danieli, Request to Include 'Withdrawal of United States and All Other Foreign Forces Occupying South Korea under the Flag of the United Nations' in the Twenty-fourth General Assembly Session

    Permanent Representative of the United Republic of Tanzania Akili B.C. Danieli requests the inclusion of "Withdrawal of United States and All Other Foreign Forces Occupying South Korea under the Flag of the United Nations" in the Twenty-fourth General Assembly session agenda on behalf of the government of the United Republic of Tanzania.

  • September 28, 1969

    Eldrirdge Cleaver's Notes on Korea

    Notes taken by Eldridge Cleaver during his visit to North Korea in September 1969 for the "International Conference on Tasks of Journalists of the Whole World in their Fight against U.S. Imperialist Aggression."

  • October 01, 1969

    Mao Zedong's Conversation with North Korean Official Choe Yong-geon (Excerpt), 1 October 1969, at the Tiananmen Gate

    Mao Zedong listed the common sense and common interests that China and North Korea share.

  • October 02, 1969

    Statement of ROK Government Concerning the Korean Question by Foreign Minister Choi Kyu Hah

    On behalf of the government of the Republic of Korea, Minister of Foreign Affairs Choi Kyu Hah reaffirms the ROK's adherence to the purposes and principles of the UN, acceptance of UN authority on the Korean Question, and concern for North Korea's defiance of UN purposes, principles, and authority to the General Assembly of the UN.

  • October 07, 1969

    UN Press Release, 'UNCURK Releases Report to General Assembly'

    The UN Press Services released a summary of the UNCURK report. The Commission's report concerned the ROK's willingness for unification, UNCURK's inability to make progress on unification due to DPRK lack of adherence to the authority of the United Nations, security situation, and economic development.

  • October 10, 1969

    Memorandum of Conversation of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'Trade relations with North Korea'

    Recalls a conversation with Heldring of the Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion, during which Heldring said he had received word from the North Koreans that they were willing to sign the proposed agreement even though they kept urging the establishment of a permanent trade mission. Heldring pointed out such a mission had recently been established in Switzerland and similar contacts were ongoing in the Scandinavian countries. The Dutch company VMF had, however, by now changed to a much more cautious position because of its South Korean interests. Heldring was putting of a reciprocal visit to North Korea until he knew the Ministry's position.

  • October 15, 1969

    Internal Memorandum of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'Establishment of a North Korean Trade Mission in the Netherlands'

    The director-general of the Department for Foreign Economic Relations advises against the establishment of a North Korean trade mission in the Netherlands: while the volume of trade with the two Koreas is roughly equal, such a mission would do great harm to commercial interests in South Korea, particularly VMF and Shell.