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  • April 16, 1952

    Ciphered Telegram No. 501587, Babkin to Shtemenko, transmitting letter of Kim Il Sung to Comrade I.V. Stalin

    Telegram from Kim Il Sung to Stalin confirming that he would accept Stalin's offer to send 50,000 tons of bread.

  • January 27, 1953

    Note form the Embassy of the Polish Republic in Korea

    The Embassy of the Polish Republic in North Korea reports on production in the DPRK, US intention in Korea, and the agenda of the KWP CC plenum.

  • March 04, 1953

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

    Detailed report from Minister Károly Pásztor on his meeting with Kim Il Sung on 17 February 1953.

  • July 16, 1953

    Report of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of Poland in Korea

    The Polish Embassy provides details the political and economic situation in the DPRK and China's economic assistance to North Korea.

  • August 03, 1953

    Protocol No. 22 of a Meeting of the Special Committee Under the Council of Ministers of the USSR

    This document approves one million rubles in aid to be given to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea for the recovery of the nation's economy, which was damaged by the war.

  • August 10, 1953

    Protocol No. 24 of a Meeting of the Special Committee Under the Council of Ministers of the USSR

    An assignment of tasks pertaining to aid dispersement were given at the meeting--Molotov must write the telegram to Kim Il Sung informing him of one million rubles of aid to be sent; Molotov and Mikoyan were given the task of answering any questions that arose in response to the telegram.

  • September 30, 1953

    Report No. 5 of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of Poland in the Democratic Republic of Korea for the Period of 1 August 1953 to 30 September 1953

    The Embassy of the Polish Republic reports on 6th Plenum of the Korean Workers' Party Central Committee and the focus on economic reconstruction and industrialization.

  • November 23, 1953

    Mao Zedong’s Remarks at the Banquet for the North Korean Government Delegation

    Mao Zedong discusses the significance of the signing of the Sino-North Korean Economic and Cultural Cooperation Agreement at a banquet for a North Korean government delegation. Dismissing that China's aid to North Korea is one-sided, Mao notes that North Korea "helped" China by being in the front line of the struggle against imperialism. North Korea protected China by preventing the imperialists from crossing the Yale River.

  • November 23, 1953

    Agreement on Korean Technical Personnel Receiving Training in China and Chinese Technical Personnel Working in Korea Made by the Governments of the People’s Republic of China and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

    The full-text of the Agreement on Korean Technical Personnel Receiving Training in China and Chinese Technical Personnel Working in Korea signed on 23 November 1953 by Zhou Enlai and Nam Il

  • December 10, 1953

    CCP Central Committee Propaganda Instructions for the Signing of the Sino-Korean Economic and Cultural Cooperation Agreement

    The Central Committee of the CCP offers instructions on how to quell public dissent over the signing of the Sino-North Korean Economic and Cultural Cooperation Agreement in 1953.

  • December 22, 1953

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

    Report from Zsigmond Csuka (Chargé d’Affaires ad interim in Pyongyang) in which he complains about difficulties caused by the North Korean foreign ministry regarding exchanges between the two countries.

  • December 31, 1953

    Political Report No. 8 of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of Poland in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea for the Period of 1 December to 31 December 1953

    The Polish Embassy provides information on the KWP Central Committee, the Supreme People's Assembly, agreements to receive assistance from communist countries, and the situation of industries, education, and health in North Korea.

  • 1954

    The Political, Economic and Social-Cultural Situation of the Democratic Popular Republic Of Korea, 1954

    A report on the DPRK's economic and socio-cultural situation, including political parties and mass organizations in North Korea.

  • April 21, 1954

    Additional Notification from the Organizational Bureau of the Central Committee on the Issue of Political Examinations for Persons Receiving Training Abroad and Technical Personnel Aiding Korea

    The Organization Department of the Central Committee of the CCP offers instructions on political examinations for Chinese specialists working in North Korea

  • April 21, 1954

    Report, Hungarian Legation in North Korea to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    The Hungarian Legation specifies the duties of the trade unions in North Korea following the Armistice Agreeement.

  • September 29, 1954

    Report from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the Activity of the Embassy, September 29, 1954, written by comrade Victor Florescu, Second Secretary of the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang

    A report from the Romanian Embassy in North Korea to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs details the current states of affairs in North Korea in autumn 1954, mostly discussing the question of Korean unification, as well as prisoner exchange, North Korean economic conditions, inter-Korean relations, and North Korea's relations with China and Japan.

  • 1955

    Report from the Romanian Embassy to Pyongyang to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the Political, Economic, and Social Situation in North Korea and on the Activity of the Embassy, undated [1955]

    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang reports on political developments, post-war reconstruction, foreign aid, and culture in North Korea in1955.

  • January 31, 1955

    The Nature of Our Revolution at the Current Stage and the Primary Tasks of Our Party in the Cause of Socialist Development in North Korea

    A Korean Worker's Party document which discusses the incomplete nature of the revolution in which the peninsula remains divided and South Korea under American influence. The document also points out the responsibilities of the Party to complete socialist development in North Korea during the transitional period.

  • April, 1955

    Information on the Situation in the DPRK

    Soviet diplomats Fedorenko and Ponomarev report on a wide range of issues involving North Korea, including agriculture, industry, and economic conditions in the DPRK, relations with China and the Soviet Union, and the situation in South Korea.

  • April 04, 1955

    Record of a Conversation with Editor of the Journal “Novaya Koreya” Song Jin-hwa

    Song Jin-hwa and Byakov discuss the North Korean government's recent prohibition on private trade in cereal products and the situation in the Union of Korean Writers.