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  • February 22, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.048, Urgent

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK summarizes a meeting held by Pak Seokkyun, the Director of the Second Directorate–Liaison within the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the USS Pueblo crisis.

  • February 23, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.049, Flash

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK reports on General Pak Jeong-guk and his negotiations with the United States over the release of the USS Pueblo crew.

  • February 27, 1968

    Memorandum on a Conversation with the Acting Director of the Office of Liaison for the Diplomatic Corps, Comrade Ri Seong-ryong, on 27 February 1968 from 9.00 to 9.40

    In the aftermath of the USS Pueblo Incident, Ri Seong-ryong instructs the German Embassy to build a bomb shelter.

  • March 04, 1968

    GDR Embassy Letter to State Secretary Hegen

    A wide-ranging report written by the East German Ambassador on the USS Pueblo Incident, inter-Korean relations, North Korean military and defense policies, the juche ideology, economic development in the DPRK, and North Korea's foreign relations.

  • April 09, 1968

    Excerpt from Leonid Brezhnev’s Speech at the April (1968) CC CPSU Plenum, "On the Current Problems of the International Situation and on the Struggle of the CPSU for the Unity of the International Communist Movement"

    Brezhnev describes the recent development of the Pueblo Incident, which includes the increase in US military deployment to the East and intentions of DPRK and USSR to strengthen ties.

  • November 19, 1968

    Cable, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan, Concerning Armed North Korean Infiltration

    Principal Secretary of the United Nations Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea Zouheir Kuzbari cables Chef de Cabinet of the United Nations C.V. Narasimhan about the UNCURK Committee's decision to review and visit the eastern coastal areas, which were infiltrated by armed North Koreans.

  • November 25, 1968

    Cable, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan, Concerning Response to North Korean Infiltration

    Principal Secretary of the United Nations Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea Zouheir Kuzbari relays the UNCURK Committee's press release concerning the 30 October to 3 November 1968 armed North Korean infiltration along the East Coast of the Republic of Korea.

  • June 19, 1969

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Zouheir Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet C.V. Narasimhan, Concerning UNCURK's Third Session of 1969

    Principal Secretary of the United Nations Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea Zouheir Kuzbari reports on UNCURK's third session of 1969 to Chef de Cabinet of the United Nations C.V. Narasimhan. In the session, UNCURK representatives reviewed the North Korean infiltration of ROK eastern and western coast, discussed political and security developments in UNCURK's second report of 1969, and the non-inclusion of the Korean question in the twenty-fourth session of the United Nations General Assembly.

  • June 13, 1970

    Letter, UNCURK Officer-in-Charge Osman to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    Chief-in-Charge Osman updates Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan on recent ROK developments: North Koreans attacked a ROK Navy broadcasting vessel due to the belief that the vessel was in North Korean territorial waters; ROK's persistant opposition to U.S. force reductions, especially in light of the recent attack; and a discussion between Cambodian and ROK delegations concerning ROK's non-military assistance to Cambodia.

  • December 31, 1970

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    Kuzbari briefs Narasimhan on election and national security updates in South Korea, including the campaigns of Kim Dae Jung and Park Chung Hee; the debate over ROK forces in Vietnam; DPRK and ROK naval clashes over what DPRK speculates to be a spy boat but ROK states is a fishing boat; and discussion concerning the return of the North Korean pilot who crash landed in South Korea.

  • January 08, 1971

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    Kuzbari writes about the upcoming elections in South Korea and reports that a new political party called Nationalist Party has formed in opposition to the NDP. Regarding trade, the ROK government is opening trade relations with non-hostile communist countries. And regarding relations with North Korea, an ROK fishing boat was attacked by North Koreans due to possible spy activity.

  • March 16, 1973

    ROK Foreign Ministry, "An Incident of Armed Agents Infiltration"

    A confidential note by the Secretariat on an incident of armes agents infiltration on March 4, 1973 and a shooting incident along the Military Demarcation Line on March 7, 1973.

  • December 03, 1973

    Memorandum for General Scowcroft, through W.R. Smyser, from John A. Froebe Jr., “Proposed WSAG Meeting on Korean Situation"

    National Security Council staff member John A. Froebe, Jr., suggests that the United States must respond to North Korea's claims over the Northern Limit Line.

  • December 03, 1973

    Memorandum for Secretary Kissinger from Richard H. Solomon, “The Korean Situation and the China Element"

    National Security Council staff member Richard H. Solomon advises Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to work with the Chinese in order to respond to North Korea's provocations along the Northern Limit Line

  • December 04, 1973

    Joint State/Defense Message, “Korean Northwest Coastal Situation"

    The U.S. Departments of Defense and State offer instructions about how to respond to the Northern Limit Line Dispute, including measures to restrain South Korea.

  • December 06, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, No. 61.537

    The document describes how the North Koreans enthusiastically celebrated the consensus of Committee No. 1 over the Korean issue in the UN; however, Lazar believes that the Korean leadership has not actually grasped the full implications of the decision. In addition, the telegram describes how Pyongyang's attempt to reassert control over South Korean islands close to the North Korean shores in the Yellow Sea has created friction between the two countries. The author also mentions that North Korean support for the student movements in South Korea legitimized Seoul's harsher crackdown on the dissident movements.

  • December 21, 1973

    Joint State/Defense Message, “Questions Regarding Northern Limit Line"

    The U.S. Departments of State and Defense analyze North Korea's claims relating to the Northern Limit Line and the origins of the NLL.

  • December 22, 1973

    Memorandum for Secretary Kissinger from John A. Froebe, Jr., “Korean West Coast Island Situation"

    John A. Froebe, Jr., briefs Henry Kissinger on the Northern Limit Line Dispute.

  • January, 1974

    The West Coast Korean Islands

    A Central Intelligence Agency assessment of the origins of the Northern Limit Line.

  • February, 1974

    Briefing on the Violation of the Territorial Waters of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea by Espionage Vessels of Park Chung Hee’s Puppet Clique in South Korea

    The Embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the Socialist Republic of Romania offers a brief on the Northern Limit Line Dispute.