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  • April 19, 1955

    Main Speech by Premier Zhou Enlai, Head of the Delegation of the People's Republic of China, Distributed at the Plenary Session of the Asian-African Conference

    Zhou Enlai calls for increased cooperation between the countries of Asia and Africa at the Bandung Conference.

  • June 30, 1955

    Conversation of Mao Zedong and the Yugoslav Ambassador V. Popovic

    Conversation between Mao Zedong and Yugoslav Ambassador Popovic. Mao explains that the delay in China's recognition of Yugoslavia was because China was waiting for Yugoslavia and the USSR to mend their relations. Emphasizes the need for Communist unity and cooperation.

  • July 17, 1955

    Letter, Lieutenant General Collier to President Rhee

    For the 7th anniversary of Korea’s Constitution Day, General Collier congratulates and praises South’s Korea’s determination to fight communism and remain an independent nation.

  • April 20, 1956

    Ciphered telegram, excerpt from cable from Soviet Ambassador to the PRC P. Yudin re meeting with Mao Zedong

    Excerpt of telegram from P. Yudin, Soviet Ambassador to the PRC, reporting to Moscow on a conversation he had with Mao Zedong. Mao allegedly stated that there had been miscalculations prior to the commencement of the Korean War that international actors would not intervene on behalf of South Korea.

  • May 31, 1956

    Memorandum of Conversation from Premier Zhou Enlai's Reception of Ambassador R.K. Nehru

    Premier Zhou Enlai and Ambassador Nehru discuss the Korean ceasefire, the role of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Committee, the Sino-American ambassadorial talks, and the situation in Indochina.

  • September 18, 1956

    Conversation records between Chairman Mao Zedong and the Soviet Communist Party Delegation, 18 September 1956

    Mao Zedong and the Soviet Community Party Delegation exchanged views on Korean issues and a potential visit by Kim Il Sung to the PRC.

  • August 02, 1957

    Letter from Tran Trung Dung to the Minister of the Legation of the Republic of Korea

    Tran Trung Dung requests the sending of two Vietnamese military officers to South Korea to study the Korean Service Corps model.

  • November, 1957

    Friendship and Solidarity Among Socialist Countries

    Kim Il Sung's article, originally published in Mezhdunarodnaya Zhizn, thanks the Soviet Union and China for assisting North Korea while deriding American foreign policy.

  • January 08, 1958

    Minutes of Conversation between Zhou Enlai and Soviet Ambassador Yudin (Excerpt)

    Zhou Enlai discusses the withdrawal of the Chinese People's Volunteers from North Korea with Ambassador Pavel Yudin and North Korea's views on the security situation on the Korean Peninsula.

  • January 23, 1958

    Minutes of Conversation between Zhang Wentian and Pavel Yudin (Excerpt)

    Ambassador Pavel Yudin discusses the Soviet Union's views on the withdrawal of the Chinese People's Volunteers from North Korea with Zhang Wentian.

  • January 20, 1961

    Memo of Conversation of Deputy Office Director Huang Yugui Deputy with [North] Korean Consul General in Changchun Jeong Bong-gyu, January 20, 1961

    Hong Yugui of the Jilin Foreign Affairs Office and DPRK Consul General Jeong Bong-gyu discuss the procedures for restoring the Chinese citizenship of ethnic Koreans who fought in the Korean War.

  • February 10, 1961

    Transcript of the Reception between Vice Premier Chen Yi and the Delegation from Laos

    Chen Yi and Sisana Sisane discuss the Civil War in Laos and the various attempts to mediate the conflict by outside powers, including China, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Soviet Union, and the United States.

  • May 27, 1963

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

    A North Korean political officer speaks of Kim Il Sung's firm belief that an American nuclear attack could not destroy North Korea for their country would find refuge in the maze of underground caverns.

  • 1966

    Various Speeches by a Delegation of the People’s Republic of Albania in Pyongyang

    Three separate speeches made by a delegation from Albania while on a visit to North Korea in which the speaker discusses bilateral relations between Albania and North Korea, American imperialism, Korean reunification, and the Korean War.

  • August 09, 1966

    On the Korean War, 1950-1952, and the Armistice Negotiations

    A survey of Soviet and Chinese involvement in the Korean War compiled in 1966 by an unidentified members of the staff of the Soviet Foreign Ministry archive. The apparent purpose of this internal history was to provide background information for the small group of Soviet officials who were at that time engaged in discussions with the People’s Republic of China and North Vietnam over possible Soviet assistance to the Viet Cong in their war with the United States.

  • May 13, 1967

    Memorandum on Audience for Comrades Heintze and Breitenstein with Comrade Pak Seong-cheol

    Based on remarks made by Kim Il Sung, Pak Seong-cheol discusses North Korea's military policy, relations with the United States, the Vietnam War, and the state of the communist bloc.

  • October 15, 1967

    Letter, Father Paul White to President Harry S. Truman

    Father Paul White, a resident near the 38th Parallel, proposes the establishment of the Truman Memorial Hospital in South Korea.

  • November 07, 1967

    Statement by U Thant in First Committee of the UN General Assembly

    Under-Secretary for Political and Security Council Affairs Aleksei E. Nesterenko addresses the First Committee (Political and Security) of the General Assembly for Secretary-General U Thant. The statement concerns the United Nations Command in Korea from 7 July 1950 to 7 June 1963 and overviews the unified command under the United States, assistance of Member States, correspondences with the Security Council, and the detention of two United Nations Command officers.

  • November 09, 1967

    Note, UN Under-Secretary Nesterenko to Secretary-General U Thant, Concerning Scope of UN Command in Korea

    Under-Secretary Aleksei E. Nesterenko relays to Secretary-General of the United Nations U Thant the reaction of representatives from Hungary, Cambodia, United States, Ghana, and Liberia to Secretary-General U Thant's 7 November 1967 address concerning the United Nations Command in Korea. The representatives commented on the scope of the United Nations Command in Korea and the United States' involvement in Korea.

  • November 28, 1967

    Letter, Harry S. Truman to Father Paul White

    Harry Truman dismisses the request from Father Paul White to build a hospital in South Korea bearing Truman's namesake.