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  • March 11, 1975

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No. 059.076

    North Koreans report that the South Koreans are concerned with the imminent fall of South Vietnam. At the same time, Seoul is moving to ensure the continued presence of US troops on the Korean Peninsula even after the U.N. troops’ headquarters in South Korea. While Pyongyang can observe increased popular dissent against Park Chung Hee, the North Koreas worry that not even the anti-government opposition foster anti-American sentiments

  • March 12, 1975

    Meeting Minutes between Lee Sang-ok and Paul Cleveland

    U.S. diplomat Paul Cleveland relays Department of State remarks on a February 26 incident in the West Sea to South Korean official Lee Sang-ok.

  • June 24, 1975

    Memorandum for General Scowcroft from W.R. Smyser, “Defense of the Northwest UNC-Controlled Islands in Korea"

    Richard Smyser writes to General Brent Scowcroft about the defense of the five islands off the northwest coast of Korea and whether or not the defense of these islands is bound to the U.S.-South Korea Mutual Defense Treaty.

  • June 27, 1975

    Letter, John Scali to the President of the Security Council

    John Scali sends the president of the Security Council of the United Nations a letter saying that the United States supports UN General Assembly Resolution 3333 and that it will terminate UNC.

  • July 02, 1975

    US Department of State Memorandum, Approach to South Korea on Reprocessing

    A State Department report on possible U.S. approaches towards South Korea's nuclear reprocessing plans.

  • July 08, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, ROKG/Canadian Negotiations on Nuclear Energy

    The Canadian government informs the United States that will approach the South Korean government on the rumored sale of a French nuclear reprocessing plant.

  • July 08, 1975

    US National Security Council Memorandum, Approach to South Korea on Reprocessing

    South Korea's nuclear plans have reached a point where the U.S. State Department believes that the Embassy in Seoul must "approach the Koreans directly."

  • July 11, 1975

    Draft US Department of State Cable on Approach to South Korea on French Reprocessing Plant

    A follow up report for Henry Kissinger on the state of U.S. policy toward South Korea's purchase of a French reprocessing plant.

  • July 22, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Regional Fuel Reprocessing Plans

    The U.S. Embassy in Seoul seeks instructions on how to approach the South Korean government on atomic energy and the possibility of a regional reprocessing plant.

  • July 24, 1975

    US National Security Council Memorandum for Brent Scowcroft from John Marcum

    A cover letter attached to National Security Council memorandum on disuading South Korea from purchasing a French-built reprocessing plant.

  • July 24, 1975

    Telegram from Washington to Bucharest, No. 074.783

    Buffum and Bogdan discuss the US concern regarding the upcoming coming UN general assembly meeting, in which the issue of dismantling the UN headquarters in Korea remains on the agenda, as Buffum hopes to accompany the dismantlement with assurances protecting the armistice, but is worried about North Korea's unpredictable behavior.

  • August 26, 1975

    Memoranda of Conversations between James R. Schlesinger and Park Chung Hee and Suh Jyong-chul

    Several memoranda of conversations between U.S. Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger and Park Chung Hee and other leading South Korean officials.

  • September 08, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Nuclear Reprocessing

    U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Habib urges South Korea to cancel a planned purchase of a French reprocessing plant.

  • September 15, 1975

    Note for Ltg. Brent Scowscroft from John A. Wickham, Jr., “Defense of UNC Controlled Islands"

    John A Wickham, Jr., writes to General Brent Scowscroft about the U.S. defense commitment to the five northwest island groups and U.S.-South Korean defense coordination.

  • October 11, 1975

    Telegram from Washington to Bucharest, No. 075119

    Romanian diplomats report that Washington considers the situation in Korea to be very dangerous, that a withdrawal of U.S. ground forces from Korea could prompt South Korea to develop nuclear weapons, and that the Algerian-sponsored resolution in support of North Korea at the United Nations General Assembly is unacceptable.

  • October 31, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, ROKG Nuclear Reprocessing

    The U.S. Embassy in Seoul reports that the South Korean government continues to press forward on purchasing a French nuclear reprocessing plant.

  • December 06, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Nuclear Reprocessing

    The US Ambassador to Korea Richard Sneider reports that he will meet with the South Korean Prime Minister.

  • December 10, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Nuclear Reprocessing

    The U.S. Ambassador to Korea Richard Sneider reports that he informed the South Korean Deputy Prime Minister of the "very adverse implications" of South Korea's planned purchase of a French reprocessing plant.

  • December 10, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Nuclear Reprocessing

    The U.S. Ambassador to Korea Richard Sneider outlines follow up approaches in U.S. policy toward South Korea's planned purchase of a French reprocessing plant.

  • December 11, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, British Embassy Approach on KORI II

    The U.S. Embassy in Seoul outlines Britain's approach toward South Korea's nuclear program.