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  • April 19, 1969

    Letter, UN Chef de Cabinet C.V. Narasimhan to Mr. Jean Gazarian, Concerning UNCURK Report

    Chef de Cabinet of the United Nations writes to Mr. Jean Gazarian in acknowledgement of his receipt of the 25 August 1968 to 19 April Report of UNCURK and Principal Secretary of the United Nations Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea Zouheir Kuzbari's letter. Kuzbari's letter concerns the ROK's and UNCURK's reaction to the shooting down of U.S. reconnaissance plane by North Koreans.

  • April 21, 1969

    From the Journal of I.S. Shcherbakov, 'Record of a Conversation with Nguyen Duy Trinh, VWP CC Politburo member and Secretary, and DRV Minister of Foreign Affairs, 17 April 1969'

    A discussion on Chinese foreign policy with Vietnamese representatives.

  • April 21, 1969

    From the Journal of I.S. Shcherbakov, 'Record of Conversation with with Hoang Van Tien, Deputy DRV Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2 April 1969'

    Soviet ambassador’s notes from conversations on Chinese border provocations.

  • April 25, 1969

    Telegram Number 1797/1800, 'Chinese Foreign Policy'

    The French Ambassador to London reports that China is eager to open up diplomatic relations with Italy and Canada and to enter into negotiations with the United States.

  • April 25, 1969

    B.A. Solomatin, 'Concerning Korean-Chinese Relations'

    The document describes several provocations between the DPRK and China in 1968. Kim Il-sung describes it as increasing separation, but will attempt to maintain good relations.

  • April 28, 1969

    Col. Mieczysław Białek, 'Record of Conversation conducted by Col. Białek with USSR Military Attaché Col. Latishev'

    The Polish and Soviet military attachés in North Korea discuss recent developments. Some generals in the DPRK are being purged or demoted for not sufficiently praising and following the experiences of the anti-Japanese partisan movement.

  • April 28, 1969

    Embassy of the GDR in the PRC, 'Note about a “Club Talk” of the Ambassadors and Acting Ambassadors of the fraternal countries on 25 April 1969 in the Embassy of the GDR'

    Ambassadors to China from Hungary, Czechoslovakia, the German Democratic Republic, the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, and Mongolia discuss Chinese border provocations, the ninth Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, and other aspects of Chinese domestic and foreign policy.

  • April 28, 1969

    Mao Zedong’s Speech at the First Plenary Session of the CCP’s Ninth Central Committee

    Mao speaks about the importance of a united socialist China, remaining strong amongst international powers.

  • May 09, 1969

    Letter, Ambassador Yong Shik Kim to UN Secretary-General U Thant

    Republic of Korea Ambassador to the United Nations Yong Shik Kim transmits to Secretary-General of the United Nations U Thant the 2 May 1969 ROK memorandum concerning the shooting down of the U.S. reconnaissance plane by North Korea.

  • May 13, 1969

    Record of Meetings on 12 May 1969 by UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari

    Principal Secretary of the United Nations Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea Zouheir Kuzbari records the meetings between himself and Assistant Secretary-General David B. Vaughan and Republic of Korea Prime Minister Kwon Chung Il, ROK Foreign Minister Hah Choi Kyu, and ROK President Park Chung Hee. The meetings concerned the construction of the new UNCURK Headquarters building and the ROK officials' desire for Secretary-General of the United Nations U Thant to pay a visit to ROK.

  • May 13, 1969

    Telegram from Romanian Ambassador in Beijing Aurel Duma to Foreign Minister Corneliu Manescu Regarding Conversations with Representatives of Chinese Ministries of Trade, Foreign Affairs, and Defense

    Telegram from Romanian Ambassador to China, Duma, to Romanian Foreign Minister, Manescu, focusing on Duma's talks with China's Deputy Foreign Minister, Guanhua. Guanhua sees the USSR's building of relations with Mongolia and the DPRK as an attempt to encircle China. He also believes that American and Soviet aid are what is keeping anti-Chinese propaganda in circulation in India, although the Kashmir issue means there is no need to fear an Indo-Pakistani alliance. Additionally, he notes the anti-Chinese sentiment apparent in the European socialist bloc countries, and asserts that, although it wishes no harm to the Israeli people, China does not recognize Israel as a legitimate state.

  • May 14, 1969

    Note, Secretary-General U Thant to the General Assembly, concerning UNCURK Report

    Secretary-General of the United Nations U Thant transmits the report of the United Nations Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea in accordance with the General Assembly Resolution 2466 (XXIII) to the General Assembly.

  • May 16, 1969

    Note Number 399 from Pierre Cerles to Michel Debré, 'China and Eastern Europe'

    Pierre Cerles provides an assessment of Chinese foreign policy toward Eastern Europe during the 1960s within the context of the Sino-Soviet split, the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia, the Cultural Revolution, and China's own internal leadership divisions.

  • May 19, 1969

    Cable from the Soviet Embassy in the DRV, 'Responses in the DRV to the work and results of the “9th CPC Congress”'

    An analysis from the Soviet Embassy in the DRV of the response in the Democratic Republic of Vietnman to the 9th Chinese Communist Party Congress. The DRV is reported to be dissatisfied with the lack of attention and indifference the CPC Congress paid to Vietnam.

  • May 29, 1969

    Internal Memorandum of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'North Korean Economic Mission'

    Heldring of the Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion has visited to inquire if the Ministry would object to the Council sponsoring a North Korean trade mission to the Netherlands in June. It did not, but his interlocutor did point out the government's opposition to any permanent trade mission.

  • May 29, 1969

    Letters, Assistant Secretary-General David B. Vaughan to Minister Kyu Hah Choi and Principal Secretary Lee Hu Rak

    Assistant Secretary-General of the Office of General Services David B. Vaughan conveys to Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea Kyu Hah Choi and Principal Secretary to the President of the ROK Lee Hu Rak appreciation for their 12 May 1969 meetings, ROK's support of UNCURK and the United Nations Memorial Cemetary, and ROK national development.

  • June 02, 1969

    On New Aspects of Negotiations between North Korea and Japan between January and May 1969 on Issues concerning Koreans Living in Japan

    An overview of the development of North Korean negotiations with Japan about repatriation between January and May 1969.

  • June 03, 1969

    Telegram from Aurel Duma to Corneliu Manescu Concerning the Information Passed to Chinese Foreign Ministry Regarding the Organization of the 10th Romanian Communist Party Congress and the Intention of Certain American Senators to Visit China

    Telegram from Aurel Duma to Corneliu Manescu regarding the former's meeting with Qiao Guanhua. He presented Guanhua with the decisions of the 10th RCP Congress and later they discuss Taiwan, specifically the United State's military presence in the Taiwan Straits. Additionally, Guanhua notes that, like the United States, the USSR seems to support the Two Chinas idea.

  • June 09, 1969

    Soviet Embassy in North Korea, 'Concerning Changes in the Views of the Korean Leadership on Questions of the Unity of the Socialist Camp and the International Communist Movement'

    The report states that the DPRK is influenced less by Beijing and has started to contact European socialist countries more. It describes how DPRK is advocating for “absolute independence” as well.

  • June 10, 1969

    Note on a Conversation between USSR Ambassador Comrade Sudarikov and Ambassador Henke on 2 June 1969 in the GDR Embassy

    A note on a conversation about the Soviet President Podgorny's visit to North Korea and Soviet Union-North Korea relations. It includes the Korean Worker's Party's decision not to send a delegation to the world conference of the communist and workers’ parties in Moscow.