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  • October 29, 1947

    Telegram, V. Molotov to Cde. Stalin

    V. Molotov states the importance that the Korean issue should be discussed with the Koreans. He also details that in the case of opposing proposals from the US, the Soviets should oppose and abstain rather than voting against them.

  • October 29, 1947

    Telegram Nos. 408-411, Vyshinsky to Molotov

    Vyshinsky outlines the proceedings at the UN, where discussion of the Korean question and the withdrawal of Foreign troops from Korea has led the Soviets to insist that the Koreans be invited to the discussions. He details counter proposals from the Americans, and Soviet responses to these resolutions.

  • October 30, 1947

    Telegram, V. Molotov to Cde. Stalin

    V. Molotov states the importance that the Korean issue should be discussed with the Koreans. He also details that in the case the amendments are approved, the Soviet Union will not take part in the work of the US proposed committee. He also details that in the case the amendments are approved, the Soviet Union will not take part in the work of the US proposed committee.

  • November 14, 1947

    112 (II), The Problem of the Independence of Korea

    UN Resolution 112 (II), "The Problem of the Independence of Korea," calls for elections to be held and for foreign troops to withdraw in order to achieve the unification of the Korean Peninsula.

  • March 18, 1948

    Central Intelligence Agency, ORE 15/48, 'The Current Situation in Korea'

    An intelligence report about both North and South Korea. The report explains what the situation currently is and what is projected to happen with Soviet and American interaction with their respective Koreas.

  • July 11, 1948

    Record of Conversation between Kim Gu and Liu Yuwan

    Kim Gu (Kim Koo) and the Chinese Nationalist Minister Liu Yuwan discuss Kim's participation in the South Korean government, his attendance at a conference in Pyongyang, and the possibility of a Russian-led attack on southern Korea.

  • July 12, 1948

    Memo of the Directorate for Foreign Relations of the USSR Armed Forces General Staff about the Results of a Conference of Leaders of the Political Parties and Organizations of North and South Korea

    The statement describes the conference which took place in Pyongyang from June 29 to July 5. The main goal of the conference was to discuss the separate elections held in South Korea and possibilities for the unification of Korea. The North Korean representatives considered the National Assembly formed in South Korea to be illegitimate and urged for the expulsion of foreign powers in order to achieve a unified Korea.

  • December 12, 1948

    A/RES/293, The Problem of the Independence of Korea

    After accepting the United Nations Temporary Commission on Korea's report on the validity of the South Korean election, the UN General Assembly passes Resolution 195 to recognize the Republic of Korea as a legitimate government on the Korean Peninsula.

  • January 13, 1949

    Telegram, George Yeh to the Chinese Delegation to the United Nations

    George Yeh inquires on how to exchange ambassadors with the Republic of Korea.

  • January 14, 1949

    Ciphered Telegram No. 50513, Terebin to Kuznetsov, transmitting a Message from Mao Zedong to Filippov [Stalin]

    Mao informs Stalin that they published a list of conditions under which they would consider entering negotiations with the Chinese Nationalist Government in Nanjing.

  • March 16, 1949

    National Security Council Report, NSC 8/1, 'The Position of the United States with Respect to Korea'

    Report by the National Security Council to the President on US policy objectives regarding Korea.

  • April 12, 1949

    Telegram, Deputy Foreign Minister Yeh to Ambassador Koo and the Chinese Delegation to the United Nations

    George Yeh cables on the status of the Republic of China ambassadorship to South Korea.

  • April 20, 1949

    The Korean Issue at the Third General Assembly of the United Nations

    Published by the Society for the Study of International Problems in 1949, this book contains a compilation of letters and news from 1948 that cover North Korea's position toward the Korean issue at the United Nations.

  • April 23, 1949

    Telegram, Ambassador Wellington Koo to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Guangzhou)

    The Chinese embassy in the United States asks Canton Foreign Ministry not to tell American ambassador that Republic of China would not send the ambassador to South Korea temporarily.

  • April 25, 1949

    Telegram, Ambassador Wellington Koo to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Koo states his own opinion on South Korea's action on Chinese ambassador.

  • May 02, 1949

    Ciphered Telegram from Shtykov

    Soviet Ambassador to North Korea Shtykov reports that South Korean forces were being expanded with US assistance and that the government of President Syngman Rhee was taking steps to increase the combat readiness of its army.

  • May 07, 1949

    Telegram, Ambassador Wellington Koo to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Koo reports on defections from the South Korean army, US policy towards Korea, and hopes for closer collaboration between the Republic of Korea and the Republic of China.

  • May 12, 1949

    Telegram, Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Ambassador Koo

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs asks Koo to speak with his Korean counterpart on China's sending an ambassador to the Republic of Korea.

  • May 18, 1949

    Telegram, Ambassador Wellington Koo to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Koo reports that the South Korean Minister called him for discussion about China's sending an ambassador to the Republic of Korea.

  • May 18, 1949

    Telegram, Chinese Delegation to the United Nations to Deputy Foreign Minister Yeh

    The Republic of China Delegation to the UN reports the meeting content about sending an ambassador with South Korean representative.