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  • July 06, 1988

    Information Note from Dr. Klaus Georg Wieck to International Olympic Committee President on the Issue of Security and Terrorist Threats to the 1988 Seoul Olympics

    Letters exchanged between the President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, and Dr. Klaus Georg Wieck on the security situation in South Korea in the lead up to the 1988 Olympics. Wieck's enclosed security report provides details on the South Korean opposition, security preparations completed by the South Korean government, and the potential for terrorist threats or activities during the Olympic Games.

  • July 07, 1988

    Letter from the President of the Olympic Committee, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

    Letter from the President of the DPRK's NOC, Kim Yu Sun, to the President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch. Kim reaffirms that the DPRK would allow free-travel between the demarcation line and explains the context of the remarks made by an Ambassador of the DPRK about President Samaranch.

  • July 19, 1988

    Letter from the President of International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the President of the Olympic Committee of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

    Letter from the President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, to the President of the DPRK's NOC, Kim Yu Sun, acknowledging receipt of Kim's July 7, 1988, letter.

  • July 19, 1988

    Report on Visit of East German Military Delegation to North Korea

    Report on the visit of a GDR military delegation to North Korea. A conversation with Kim Il Sung is detailed and it is noted that the visit, culminating in an agreement on cooperation between ministries of defense, was a complete success

  • July 20, 1988

    Letter from Roh Tae-Woo to the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on North Korea’s Participation in the Olympics

    Letter from the President of the ROK, Roh Tae-Woo, to the President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, on North Korea's role in the 1988 Olympic Games.

  • July 26, 1988

    Letter from the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the North Korean Supreme People’s Assembly to the National Assembly, Republic of Korea

    Letter from Hyong-Sup Yang, Chairman of the DPRK's Supreme People's Assembly Standing Committee, to Jae Sun Kim, Speaker of the ROK's National Assembly, on the 1988 Olympic Games and inter-Korean reconciliation.

  • July 27, 1988

    Information Note to International Olympic Committee (IOC) from the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations Geneva regarding the North-South Parliamentary Meeting on the 1988 Seoul Olympics

    Letter from Ryang Lee on a joint parliamentary meeting of South and North Korea during the 1988 Olympic Games.

  • August 11, 1988

    Note from the President of International Olympic Committee (IOC) to Richard W. Pound, IOC Member, regarding Issue of Co-hosting the 1988 Olympics by the Two Koreas

    Letter from IOC President, Juan Antonio Samaranch, to Mr. Richard W. Pound, containing an IOC proposal on the 1988 Olympic Games and correspondence between the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly and the ROK National Assembly.

  • August 16, 1988

    Letter from the President of the DPRK’s National Olympic Committee to the President of International Olympic Committee on the Issue of Co-hosting the 1988 Olympics

    Letter from the President of the DPRK NOC, Kim Yu Sun, to the President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, on the IOC proposal for the 1988 Olympic Games dated August 11, 1988.

  • September 08, 1988

    Letter from the President of International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the DPRK’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) Representative

    Letter from the President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, to the President of the DPRK Noc, Kim Yu Sun, on the anniversary of the founding of the DPRK and the issue of North Korea's participation in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

  • September 10, 1988

    Letter from the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the Korean Olympic Organizing Committee (SLOOC), in reference to the Letter sent by a South Korean Student Organization Threatening Violence during the 1988 Seoul Olympics

    Letter from IOC President, Juan Antonio Samaranch, to Director of Security Services, Mr. Cho Chin Hyung, on a letter received by the "Mudungsan Death-Defying Corps."

  • September 13, 1988

    Information on the Bulgarian Prime Minister, Georgi Atanasov's Visit to North Korea

    Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Bulgarian Communist Party, Georgi Atanasov reports on his visit to Pyongyang to celebrate the 40th anniversary of North Korea.

  • October 12, 1988

    Untitled report from Mieczysław Dedo, Polish Ambassador to the DPRK, concerning succession after Kim Il Sung

    Poland's ambassador to the DPRK reports on the speculation over the successor to Kim Il Sung and how the Republic of Korea's normalization of relations with communist states is related to the relative ranks of Kim Pyong-Il and Kim Jong Il.

  • October 20, 1988

    Record of Conversation between Hwang Jang-yeop and A. Yakovlev

    The North Korean CC KWP secretary meets with the Soviet CC CPSU secretary and discusses the problem of the expansion of U.S. imperialism in the Asia Pacific. The North Korean CC KWP secretary stresses the issue of the unification of Korea and express the hope that the CPSU will influence other socialist countries so that they do not attempt to establish political relations with South Korea.

  • October 21, 1988

    Report on North Korea's International Situation under the New Realities in the World

    Report on North Korea's international standing, economic situation, and political relations with Soviet Russia in comparison to South Korea, following the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

  • December 23, 1988

    Diary of Teimuraz Stepanov-Mamaladze on a meeting between Eduard Shevardnadze and North Korean Foreign Minister Kim Yong-nam

    Kim reacts to news that the socialist countries will establish diplomatic relations with South Korea.

  • January 09, 1989

    Untitled report from Mieczysław Dedo, Polish Ambassador to the DPRK, concerning the results of Kim Jong Nam’s visit to Iran

    The Polish Ambassador in North Korea summarizes the results of Kim Jong Nam's visit to Iran, including possible oil deliveries, arms sales, and cooperation in uranium enrichment.

  • March 26, 1989

    Memorandum of Conversation between George H.W. Bush and Zhao Ziyang

    George H.W. Bush and Zhao Ziyang discuss Sino-American relations and China's reform and opening, in addition to the situations in Korea, India, Pakistan, and the Soviet Union.

  • March 15, 1989

    Letter, Acting Minister for State Security of the DPRK, Kim Yong Ryong, to Minister for State Security of the German Democratic Republic, Comrade Erich Mielke

    North Korea's Acting Minister for State Security thanks Erich Mielke for East Germany's support for the DPRK intelligence services and describes an upcoming delegation scheduled to visit the GDR.

  • April 06, 1989

    Record of Meeting between Comrade Pak Yeong-chan and Comrade Vogel

    East German and North Korean officials discuss DPRK-GDR relations, the World Youth Festival in North Korea, and security procedures for Korean nationals in Berlin.