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  • June 01, 1979

    Telegram from the Secretary of State to the American Embassy in Seoul, 'Coordination of Initiative with President Park to Reduce Tensions on the Korean Peninsula'

    Secretary of the State Cyrus Vance sent a message to the US embassy in Seoul to inform President Park of the importance with which President Carter views his forthcoming discussions.

  • June 04, 1979

    US Department of State Cable, Coordination of Initiative with President Park to Reduce Tensions on the Korean Peninsula

    U.S. Ambassador to Korea William Gleysteen reports on his meeting with Park Chung Hee about the possibility of triparite talks taking place between the U.S., South Korea, and North Korea.

  • June 08, 1979

    Memorandum for Zbigniew Brzezinski from Nick Platt, 'PRC Meeting on PRM-45 Thursday, June 7, 1979,’ June 6, 1979, and Policy Review Committee, 'Korea'

    Brzezinski sent a summary of the PRC meeting, including a discussion on the inter-relationship between troop withdrauwl policy and human rights issues in South Korea.

  • June 12, 1979

    US Department of State Cable, Korea Trilateral -- Response to Foreign Ministry Dialogue

    Cyrus Vance authorizes William Gleysteen to report to the South Koreans on the proposed tripartite talks between the U.S., South Korea, and North Korea.

  • June 13, 1979

    US Department of State Cable, Korea Trilateral - Further Discussion with Foreign Minister

    Ambassador Gleysteen reports a meeting in which he broached the idea of tripartite talks taking place between the U.S., South Korea, and North Korea.

  • June 29, 1979

    US Department of State Cable, Request for Indonesian Good Offices to Facilitate ROK and US Discussions with North Korea

    Cyrus Vance reveals that Jimmy Carter and Park Chung Hee hope to rely upon Indonesia to facilitate a tripartite dialogue between the U.S., South Korea, and North Korea.

  • June 30, 1979

    US Department of State Cable, Presidential Message

    Jimmy Carter writes to Suharto on Indonesia's offer to facilitate a tripartite dialogue between the U.S., North Korea, and South Korea.

  • June 30, 1979

    Telegram from the US Delegation/Secretary in Seoul to the American Embassy in Jakarta, 'Presidential Message'

    US Embassy in Seoul sent a message to President Carter with thanks for his help to make Indonesia available to facilitate a meeting between North Korea, South Korea, and the United States.

  • July 01, 1979

    US Department of State Cable, Formal ROK-US Communication to North Korea

    Ambassador Gleysteen reports on the prospects of relying on Indonesia to facilitate a tripartite dialogue between the U.S., South Korea, and North Korea.

  • October 26, 1979

    US National Security Council Memorandum, Talks with the ROK on Contacts with North Korea

    Nick Platt reports on his efforts to coordinate tripartite talks with South Korea and North Korea.

  • October 28, 1979

    Telegram from the American Embassy in Seoul to the Secretary of State, 'Initial Reflections on Post-Park Chung Hee Situation in Korea'

    Ambassador Gleysteen says he does "not know whether the stunning events of October 26/27 were a well planned military coup" or something else.

  • March 10, 1980

    Congressman Solarz Visit to North Korea

    The Department of State notes that the ROK media reported LDP Diet member Mihara's decision not to go to Pyongyang, heightening the visibility and sensitivity of a visit by Congressman Solarz to the DPRK.

  • March 10, 1980

    The North-South Dialogue and Potential Codel Visit to North Korea

    Assistant Secretary Holbrooke informs the American Embassy in Seoul that Ambassador Kim Yong-sik and the ROK are extremely upset by Congressman Solarz's intent to go to Pyongyang. He emphasizes that Solarz is aware of US policy toward North Korea and would not carry a message from the US during his visit.

  • March 17, 1980

    Potential Solarz Codel to North and South Korea

    This note discusses Congressman Solarz's potential visit to North Korea.

  • March 17, 1980

    Potential Solarz Codel to North and South Korea

    The note recounts a discussion with the South Korean Ambassador regarding Congressman Solarz's intention to visit North Korea.

  • April 10, 1980

    Memorandum for Zbigniew Brzezinski from Jerry Oplinger, NSC Staff, 'Minutes of the PRC on April 9, 1980,' enclosing minutes of meeting on 'Non-Proliferation Matters'

    At the meeting of the Policy Review Committee, Gerald Smith gave a full briefing of the policy and procedural changes that he sought.

  • May 21, 1980

    Cable from the US Embassy in Seoul to the US Secretary of State, 'The Kwangju Crisis'

    Ambassador Gleysteen writes that the "massive insurrection in Kwangju is still out of control."

  • May 21, 1980

    Memorandum from Donald Gregg for Zbigniew Brzezinski, 'Up-Date on Korea'

    Donald Gregg proposes that the United States "work with the current Korean leadership" but "express a carefully calibrated degree of disapproval" of the Gwangju massacre.

  • May 22, 1980

    Record of Policy Review Committee Meeting, 'Korea'

    Officials from the US Department of State, the White House, the CIA, NSC, OSD, and JCS determine US policy toward South Korea in light of the events in Gwangju.

  • May 22, 1980

    Action Memorandum from Richard Holbrooke and Anthony Lake to the US Secretary of State, 'PRC Meeting on Korea'

    Richard Holbrooke and Anthony Lake brief the US Secretary of State on the upcoming policy review committee meeting on the ongoing unrest in South Korea.