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  • September 19, 1985

    Letter from the National Olympic Committee President of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to the International Olympic Committee President

    A letter from the Chinese Olympic Committee to IOC President Samaranch urging the IOC to accede to North Korean demands that part of the 1988 Summer Olympics be held in the North.

  • September 26, 1985

    Hungarian Embassy in Ethiopia, Ciphered Telegram, 26 September 1985. Subject: Ethiopia’s relations with the DPRK.

    North Korea's influence in Ethiopia and the response by the Soviet Union is the subject of this telegram.

  • September 30, 1985

    Note from the International Olympic Committee President to the National Olympic Committee President of China, People’s Republic of (PRC)

    A letter from the IOC President Samaranch to the President of the Chinese Olympic Committee confirming receipt of a previous letter and thanking him for his advice and support.

  • September 30, 1985

    The Proposal by the Olympic Committee of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

    The proposal from North Korea's Olympic Committee laying out their desires for the staging and operation of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. The North Korean Olympic Committee desired a sharing of the events between North and South Korea.

  • October 08, 1985

    Ichiro Ogimura and Young C. Kim's Efforts to Facilitate the 1988 Olympic Games

    Letters from Ichiro Ogimura to IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch and DPRK NOC President Kum Yu Sun on Ogimura and Young C. Kim's efforts to facilitate the 1988 Olympic Games.

  • October 08, 1985

    Meeting between the National Olympic Committees of the ROK and of the DPRK held under the Aegis of the International Olympic Committee

    Minutes of meetings between the National Olympic Committees of North and South Korea, with IOC President Samaranch present. The groups discussed the co-hosting of the 1988 Summer Olympic Games.

  • November 05, 1985

    Note from the International Olympic Committee President to the DPRK’s National Olympic Committee

    Note from IOC President Samaranch to North Korea's Olympic Committee regarding an upcoming meeting.

  • November 26, 1985

    Hungarian Embassy in Ethiopia, Ciphered Telegram, 26 November 1985. Subject: Ethiopian-DPRK relations.

    The strong relations between North Korea and Ethiopia is discussed. The Soviet economic advisors have been subsumed by Koreans, as a test of how much influence North Korea holds over Ethiopia.

  • November 27, 1985

    Hungarian Embassy in Ethiopia, Ciphered Telegram, 27 November 1985. Subject: Ethiopia’s relations with the DPRK.

    North Korean-Ethiopian relations are further discussed. The increasingly obvious sway North Korea holds over the country in its attempt to aid industrialization is not expected to bode well with the Soviet Union.

  • December 23, 1985

    On the Current Situation in the DPRK

    North Korea is said to have started acknowledging the World War II and Korean War-era assistance of the USSR and China once again. Some Western literature is now available in the DPRK. And a flurry of construction projects have begun outside of Pyongyang.

  • January 07, 1986

    Meeting between the International Olympic Committee and the DPRK’s National Olympic Committee regarding the Agenda and Details of Future Meetings between the Two Groups

    Notes on an informal meeting between IOC President Samaranch (with IOC Vice President Siperco) and members of North Korea's Olympic Committee. They discuss plans and agendas for an upcoming meeting between the Olympic Committees of North and South Korea.

  • January 09, 1986

    Meeting between the International Olympic Committee President and the ROK’s National Olympic Committee on North Korea’s Participation in the 1988 Olympic games

    Notes on an informal meeting between IOC President Samaranch and members of South Korea's Olympic Committee. They discussed the issue of whether or not North Korea would participate in the upcoming 1988 Summer Olympics. The group discussed sports that could possibly be given to the North Korean side to organize, whether or not North and South Korea would compete as a unified team, and plans for the next meeting between the IOC and the Olympic Committees for North and South Korea.

  • January 09, 1986

    Meeting between the International Olympic Committee and the DPRK’s National Olympic Committee on Increasing North Korea’s Participation in the 1988 Olympic Games

    Notes on an informal meeting between IOC President Samaranch (with IOC VP Siperco) and members of the North Korean Olympic Committee. They discussed ways to include North Korea in the upcoming 1988 Summer Olympics. North Korea's IOC expressed its desire to participate the Olympics as a joint team with South Korea and also to host events to Pyongyang. Samaranch said that it may be possible for events to occur in Pyongyang and that the issue of a unified team was to be settled between North and South Korea.

  • January 13, 1986

    Meeting between the International Olympic Committee President and the DPRK’s National Olympic Committee on North Korea’s participation in the 1988 Olympic games

    Summary of an informal meeting between IOC President Samaranch and North Korea's Olympic Committee regarding the 1988 Summer Olympics. Topics discussed included potential sporting events to be held in Pyongyang, the possibility of a joint North-South Korea team, information on the torch relay and what the official name of the 1988 Summer Olympics would be.

  • January 15, 1986

    Meeting between the International Olympic Committee President and the DPRK’s National Olympic Committee on North Korea’s participation in the 1988 Olympic games

    Notes on a meeting between IOC President Samaranch and members of the North Korean Olympic Committee. The group discusses potential events held in Pyongyang, the itinerary of the torch flame and a potential joint team effort between North and South Korea.

  • January 15, 1986

    Letter from the International Olympic Committee President to the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of the ROK with a Summary of the January 8-9 1986 Meeting between the Two Korean NOCS

    A letter from IOC President Samaranch to the North Korean Olympic Committee, which included a summary of a recent meeting between the Olympic Committees of North and South Korea, at which some of the issues discussed were events that could be held in North Korea, the torch relay, and future meetings.

  • January 20, 1986

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

    Kim talks about the importance of North and South Korea, referring to the peninsula as "the most explosive place on the planet."

  • January 20, 1986

    International Olympic Committee Meeting with the DPRK’s National Olympic Committee regarding North Korea’s Participation in the 1988 Olympics

    Notes on an informal meeting between IOC President Samaranch and members of the North Korean Olympic Committee. North Korea stated that it would want at least eight events to occur on their territory, as opposed to the three offered. North Korea was also interested in involvement with the torch relay and reiterated its desire to include "Pyongyang" in the official name of the Olympics.

  • March 07, 1986

    International Olympic Committee Meeting with the South Korean Sports Minister and his Delegation regarding the Asian Games and Television Rights

    Notes on a meeting between the IOC and the South Korean Sports Minister, discussing preparations for the Asian games, television rights and IOC meetings in Seoul.

  • March 07, 1986

    International Olympic Committee Meeting with the DPRK delegation regarding the Details of holding the 1988 Olympic Games in Pyongyang

    Notes on a meeting between IOC President Samaranch (with IOC VP Siperco) and members of the North Korean Olympic Committee. Topics discussed included sports events to be held in Pyongyang, the name to be given to the 1988 Summer Games, the organization of games in Pyongyang, and a joint North-South Korea team.