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  • March 29, 1962

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

    Report on a conversation between GDR Provisional Chargé d’Affaires Stark and Com. Pak, head of the North Korean Foreign Ministry’s First Department. The two compared divided Germany with divided Korea.

  • March 29, 1962

    Note about a Conversation between Comrade Stark and Comrade Torbenkov, Counselor at the USSR Embassy in the DPRK

    Stark and Torbenkow discussed North Korean plans for reunification with South Korea. They considered the Korean Department of Foreign Affairs arguement for a confederation with the South to be dangerous. The Korean press supported this plan.

  • 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.

  • May 16, 1963

    Memorandum of a Conversation between the Czech Ambassador to the DPRK, Comrade Moravec, with the Soviet Ambassador, Comrade Moskovskii, and the GDR Ambassador, Comrade Becker, on 23.IV.1963.

    The Ambassadors of Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union, and East Germany discuss North Korea's foreign relations, the reunification of Korea, and economic conditions in the DPRK.

  • August 26, 1963

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

    North Korea makes inquiries into acquiring German nuclear information.

  • December 02, 1963

    Positions of the Korean Workers Party Leadership on the Basic Issues of our Epoch

    The report discusses North Korea's relationship with China and the Soviet Union, North Korean foreign policy, North Korea's position on demoblization, Kim Il Sung's personality cult, and German reunification. The report also discusses worsening relations between North Korea and GDR.

  • July 02, 1964

    Note about a Conversation with the Ambassador of the USSR, Comrade Moskovsky

    North Korean Deputy Minister Ri Ju-yeon complains about worsening economic relations between North Korea and the Soviet Union, the GDR, and Czechoslovakia.

  • July 12, 1965

    Changes in the Leadership of the Korean Workers Party and the Government of North Korea

    Report about the improvement of North Korean relations with East Germany and the Soviet Union. A slight pejoration of North Korean-Chinese relations is also marked.

  • July 18, 1967

    Memorandum on a Meeting with a Delegation from the Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK on 3 July 1967

    A memorandum of conversation between Ri Yeong-ho and Hermann Matern in which two discuss bilateral relations, East Germany's domestic and foreign policy, North Korea's foreign policy, incidents in the Demilitarized Zone, and North Korea's military policy.

  • December 22, 1967

    Letter from GDR Embassy in the DPRK to State Secretary Hegen

    The German Ambassador in the DPRK discusses domestic and foreign policy developments within the DPRK, including the cult of personality of Kim Il Sung and North Korea's relationship with China.

  • 1968

    Report by Kádas István, 'Negotiations of the Korean nuclear delegation in the GDR'

    A report by Hungarian Ambassador Kadas Istvan about the negotiations between the North Korea and East Germany over nuclear issues.

  • 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.

  • February 29, 1968

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

    Hungarian Embassy reports on terms of a request from the DPRK to the GDR, asking the Germans for the mutual exchange of scientists, along with purchasing various tools and technologies. The GDR asks the DPRK to appeal to the Soviet Union before pursuing the agreement any further.

  • 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 23, 1968

    Memorandum On the Visit of the Party and Government Delegation of the GDR, led by Comrade Prof. Dr. Kurt Hager, with the General Secretary of the KWP and Prime Minister of the DPRK, Comrade Kim Il Sung, on 16 April 1968, 5:00p.m. until 6:50 p.m.

    In a meeting with Dr. Kurt Hager, Kim Il Sung fully says he fully supports East Germany GDR and describes North Korea's relations with other Communist countries.

  • December 23, 1968

    Note about a Conversation between Comrade Herrmann and Comrade Putivez, 2nd Secretary of the USSR Embassy, on 9 December 1968 in the USSR Embassy

    Hermann questioned Putiwtz on North Korea's foreign policy, including its relations with other socialist countries, Pakistan, and capitalist coutries while Putiwitz discussed economic cooperation and political relations between the Soviet Union and North Korea.

  • March, 1971

    Memorandum from the Director for Federal Security, Cap. Luis de la Barreda Moreno

    Director for Federal Security Luis de la Barreda Moreno reports on North Korean training of Mexican guerrillas. He describes how Mexican citizens headed for North Korea were given fraudulent documentation and other assistance from socialist countries and lists the names and pseudonyms of Mexican guerrillas given to him by a member of the Revolutionary Action Movement.

  • May 13, 1971

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

    The Embassy of Hungary expresses the German grievance that the German question and other German affairs are not mentioned in the North Korean press and outlines some features of the relations between North Korea and East Germany.

  • February 15, 1972

    Report from Etre Sándor, 'Foreign visits of the DPRK’s governmental delegations. Visit of Comrade Pak Seong-cheol to Hungary'

    A report by Etre Sandor providing details about five North Korean governmental delegations to Africa and Middle East and the visit of Pak Seong-cheol to Hungary.

  • February 21, 1972

    Report from Etre Sándor, 'Korean delegations'

    A report by Etre Sandor on the visit of five North Korean delegations to European countries and Cuba.