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  • July 04, 1950

    Ciphered Telegram No. 405840 from Shtykov to Feng Xi [Stalin]

    Shtykov reports on a meeting with Kim Il Sung and Pak Heonyeong concerning requests for arms, advisers and advice on how to move troops more efficiently. Shtykov proposes resolutions and advice.

  • September 29, 1950

    Ciphered Telegram from DPRK leader Kim Il Sung and South Korean Communist Leader Pak Heon-yeong to Stalin (via Shtykov)

    Telegram from Kim Il Sung and Pak Heon-yeong telling Stalin of the losses they have incurred following American air and ground attacks in South Korea and of their general lack of supplies and trained personnel.

  • September 30, 1950

    Memorandum from Gromyko to Stalin, 30 September 1950, with draft cable from Gromyko to Shtykov

    A message from Gromyko to Stalin relaying the assessment of Shtykov that it would be prudent for the Soviet Union to withdraw some nonessential embassy personnel and specialists from North Korea. Gromyko advises that withdrawals should be considered only in consultation with North Korea and the appropriate Soviet ministeries.

  • October 14, 1950

    Ciphered Telegram, Feng Xi (Stalin) to Kim Il Sung (via Shtykov)

    Telegram from Stalin to Kim Il Sung informing him of the finalization of China's decision to send troops to North Korea's aid.

  • November 17, 1950

    Telegram from Shtykov to Gromyko, transmitting 16 November 1950 message form Kim Il Sung to Stalin

    Kim Il Sung asks to send Korean students over in order to learn flying and maintenance techniques.

  • February 03, 1951

    Ciphered Telegram No. 100320, Feng Xi [Stalin] to Razuvaev, for Cde. Kim Il Sung

    Stalin states that the Soviet Union has insufficient lead to supply China, Korea and itself, Stalin also asks for the exportation of lead ore from Korea to the USSR.

  • June 26, 1951

    Letter, Kim Il Sung to Comrade Stalin I.V.

    Letter from Kim Il Sung to Stalin informing him of lead shipments from the DPRK to the Soviet Union and China.

  • July 30, 1951

    Telegram from Gromyko to Poskrebyshevu, Relaying a Letter from Kim Il Sung in Stalin's Name

    Kim Il Sung's letter states that DPRK has begun the shipment of lead, lead ore, and lead concentrate to the Soviet Union.

  • October 17, 1951

    Ciphered Telegram from Razuvaev to Vasilevsky

    Razuvaev reports the DPRK's request of the Soviet Union to produce weapons for three divisions, produce 1000 cars, and to produce TU-2 aircrafts.

  • April 14, 1952

    VKP(b) CC Politburo decision with approved message from Stalin to Kim Il Sung

    Telegram from Stalin to Kim Il Sung asking whether the latter wants wheat flour in response to a shortage of bread in North Korea.

  • 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.

  • July 16, 1952

    Ciphered Telegram No. 502597, Razuvaev to Cdes. Vasilevsky and Vyshinsky, transmitting message from Kim Il Sung to I.V. Stalin

    Telegram from Kim Il Sung to Stalin stating the current situation of the armistice talks and the pressure which is being exerted upon North Korea by uninhibited American air power. He makes a request for additional anti-aircraft support from the Soviet Union and China, which he believes will lead to a more advantageous bargaining position at the negotiating table.

  • February 18, 1953

    CPSU Politburo Decision Along with Proposals from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Trade

    Decision to adopt the proposal made by the Minister of Foreign Trade and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and to defer the DPRK's loan payments represented in the Agreement of 14 November 1951.

  • March 29, 1953

    Telegram from Kuznetsov and Fedorenko in Pyongyang

    Kuznetsov and Fedorenko report back to Moscow their meeting with Kim Il Sung regarding North Korean preparations for negotiations with UN forces.

  • 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 05, 1953

    Ciphered Telegram from Suzdalev

    Discussing North Korea's request for Soviet assistance on different restoration project tasks and the leading industrial enterprises of the country.

  • August 07, 1953

    Ciphered Telegram from Suzdalev

    The DPRK would request of the USSR to help in the restoration of almost completely destroyed industrial enterprises (list of them given). Suzdalev notes that it would be good to invite Kim Il Sung and his associates to discuss these issues.

  • 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.

  • August 11, 1953

    Ciphered Telegram, Borisenko to Sokolovskii, Re: Meeting Between USSR and DPRK

    The telegram features correspondence between Borisenko and Sokolovsky discussing a potential meeting with representatives from the USSR and DPRK.

  • August 17, 1953

    Ciphered Telegram from Molotov to Krushchev and Malenkov

    Kim Il Sung expresses his wishes to visit Moscow to discuss political, economic, and military issues that might rise up after the armistice is signed.