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  • February 17, 1951

    Ciphered Telegram from Zakharov to Filippov [Stalin]

    Response to Filippov's [Stalin's] telegram from the 16th of January passing on Zhou Enlai's response. Zhou Enlai stated that the air force will be at the joint command of the Chinese and Korean airforce.

  • January 24, 1953

    Note from the Embassy of the Polish Republic in Korea

    A report on North Korea's preparations for war.

  • 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 13, 1955

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

    Report from Dr. László Keresztes, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the Hungarian embassy in the DPRK, which talks about a conversation he had with Soviet Counselor A.M. Petrov. Keresztes sharply criticizes the secrecy and force that is utilized by the North Korean government and talks especially about the unreasonable economic conditions which exist in the DPRK.

  • May 27, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A. M. Puzanov for 27 May 1958

    Kim Il Sung and the Soviet Military Attaché A. A. D'yakonov review North Korea's military preparations and foreign military relations.

  • March 14, 1961

    Report, Embassy of the GDR in the DPRK to the Foreign Policy and International Department of the Socialist Unity Party, GDR

    A report from the GDR Embassy in the DPRK on the impact on the DPRK of Chinese interpretations of socialist theory, the negative impacts of Kim Il Sung's personality cult, and the status of repatriation of Koreans in Japan.

  • May 17, 1961

    Report, Embassy of the Hungarian People’s Republic in the DPRK to the Foreign Ministry of Hungary

    Hungarian Ambassador Károly Práth reports on a conversation with Soviet Ambassador Puzanov about the cult of personality in North Korea and leadership within the Korean Workers' Party

  • May 03, 1962

    Information on the Reunification Policy of the Korean Workers' Party

    A memorandum prepared by the First Extra-European Department of the East German Foreign Ministry on revisions within North Korea's reunification policies.

  • September 01, 1962

    Memorandum of Conversation between Soviet Ambassador to North Korea Vasily Moskovsky and Acting Soviet Military Attaché Ustinov

    The Soviet Ambassador and the Military Attaché report on the activities surrounding the second detachment of Soviet military aircraft to DPRK. They both find it hard to explain the Korean requirement to keep the operation hidden from the Chinese.

  • September 20, 1962

    Conversation between Soviet Ambassador in North Korea Vasily Moskovsky and German Ambassador Schneidewind

    German Ambassador Schneidewind discusses Kim Il Sung's reception of an East German delegation.

  • November 01, 1962

    Memorandum of Conversation between Soviet Ambassador to North Korea Vasily Moskovsky and Kim Il Sung

    The Soviet Ambassador Vasily Moskovsky and Kim Il Sung discuss DPRK’s border security in the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis. By pointing out North Korea’s poor air defense and coast guard capabilities, Kim Il Sung requests an increase in the Soviet military assistance. He clearly states that DPRK is in favor of a peaceful resolution of the Cuban Crisis, because according to him, the socialist camp does not need a military conflict at that time. The two also discuss the economic development of the country.

  • November 14, 1962

    Memorandum of Conversation between Soviet Ambassador to North Korea Vasily Moskovsky and Kim Il Sung

    Kim Il Sung and Vasily Moskovsky meet to discuss Soviet military aid and Soviet economic aid to North Korea.

  • January 07, 1963

    Note about a Conversation with the Ambassador of Czechoslovakia to the DPRK Comrade Moravec

    Czech Ambassador described behavior of Ri Ju-yeon at the Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.

  • February 15, 1963

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

    Hungarian and Czech Ambassadors discuss the recent resolution by the Korean Workers Party to build up North Korea's defenses as well as the situation in South Korea.

  • April 15, 1963

    Conversation between Soviet Ambassador in North Korea Vasily Moskovsky and Czechoslovak Ambassador Moravec

    A North Korean colonel suggests that the Soviet Union should give advanced military technology to North Korea.

  • May 27, 1963

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

    A North Korean political officer speaks of Kim Il Sung's firm belief that an American nuclear attack could not destroy North Korea for their country would find refuge in the maze of underground caverns.

  • June 11, 1963

    Memorandum of Conversation between Soviet Ambassador to North Korea Vasily Moskovsky and the First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the DPRK Kim Il

    Vasily Moskovsky gives Kim Il confidential information regarding the foreign policy of the USSR and discusses the visit made by Fidel Castro to a missile regiment in the USSR.

  • September 27, 1963

    Conversation between Soviet Ambassador in North Korea Vasily Moskovsky and Soviet Specialists in North Korea

    Soviet specialists in North Korea inform the Ambassador that the Koreans are attempting to acquire large amounts of uranium ore.

  • March 10, 1964

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

    A report on a meeting between Nikita Khrushchev and the North Korean ambassador in which the two discussed the situation in South Korea.

  • April 21, 1964

    Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Report on Arming the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

    Recounting experiences with the North Korean navy and promises to add more officers to the Korean armed forces, discussion of arming North Korean for relations with the US-occupied south.