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  • April 14, 1953

    Explanatory Note from Lieutenant Selivanov to L.P. Beria

    Selivanov, student at the S.M. Kirov Military-Medical Academy and former adviser to the Military-Medical Department of the KPA, describes how he falsified an outbreak and blamed it on American bacteriological weapons.

  • July, 1953

    Report from the 64th Fighter Aviation Corps of the Soviet Air Forces in Korea

    The Soviet Air Forces report on the number of aircrafts which were shot down during the Korean War and the reasons for the decline in the effectiveness of the fighters.

  • July 03, 1953

    Telegram of the Soviet Chargé to the PRC to the Chairman of the USSR Council of Ministers

    After acknowledging Syngman Rhee's solitary role in blocking the passage of the armistice agreement, Peng Dehuai and Kim Il Sung draft a response to General Clark.

  • August 01, 1953

    Note from the Embassy of the Polish Republic in Korea about the Korean War Armistice

    A truce agreement for Korea is signed in Panmunjeom.

  • April 15, 1954

    Protocol for the Phased Withdrawal of Troops (First Draft)

    A first draft of the proposal to withdraw United Nations Command and Chinese People's Volunteers troops from southern and northern Korea respectively. The protocol also outlines a schedule for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from the Korean peninsula.

  • April 13, 1955

    Record of a Conversation with Illarion Dmitriyevich Pak, Chairman of the Jagang Provincial People's Committee

    Pak discusses the domestic political situation of the DPRK, in which a culture of servility toward Kim Il Sung pervades the political atmosphere and great pressure is placed the on peasants as a result of new agricultural policies.

  • April 27, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 27 April 1957

    Puzanov and Nam Il discuss the possibility of Soviet military advisers to North Korea. Then they talk about the guest list for a comradely lunch, the TASS statement, and Kim Il Sung's deteriorated health due to the stresses of party consolidation.

  • May 15, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 15 May 1957

    Kim Il Sung requests that Military Attaché General-Lieutenant D'yakonov and other Soviet military specialists meet often with North Korean higher command personnel.

  • 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.

  • October 28, 1959

    Cable from the Chinese Interior Ministry, 'Reply to the Letter from the Korean Side Proposing that Former Captives Who are Chinese Citizen Korean Nationality People’s Army Soldiers be given Veteran’s Benefits'

    The Chinese Interior Ministry devises a policy to accord veterans benefits to Chinese Koreans who served in the North Korean army and have since returned to China.

  • February 07, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 7 February 1960

    Puzanov offers his opinion on Kim Chang-bong's claim that, without the Americans in South Korean, their motherland would be united in peace unjustifiable. Go Hui-man asserts that logging in Khabarovsk Kray is a profitable and economically sensible measure for the DPRK.

  • April 04, 1960

    Cable from the Chinese Interior Ministry Benefits Bureau, 'Reply to the Letter concerning how to Handle Benefits for Chinese Citizen Demobilized Former Korean People’s Army Soldiers Holding Valid Korean Demobilization Documents who Came to China'

    The Interior Ministry weighs on the proposed benefits for Chinese Koreans who formerly served in the North Korean army during the Korean War.

  • May 11, 1960

    Cable from the 3rd Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security, 'On the Issue of Citizenship for Demobilized Korean People's Army Soldiers with Chinese Citizenship and the Chinese Korean Construction Personnel'

    China's Ministry of Public Security weighs what to do with Chinese Koreans who joined the Korean People's Army and now wish to restore their PRC citizenship.

  • February 22, 1961

    Cable, Foreign Affairs Office of the Jilin Provincial People's Committee to the Foreign Ministry Consular Affairs Department

    A cover memo for a conversation between Huang Yugui and the North Korean Consul General in Changchun, Jeong Bong-gyu.

  • May 22, 1965

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

    Romanian diplomat discuss with a Hungarian official the state of the North Korean economy in 1965.

  • March 10, 1967

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

    A Hungarian report on the state of the Korean People's Army and the South Korean Army.

  • May 08, 1967

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

    A report on Romanian, Czech, and Hungarian views of the Korean People's Army, military relations between North Korea and the Soviet Union, and North Korea's military policy.

  • November 25, 1967

    Report, Embassy of Hungary in the Soviet Union to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    The Hungarian Embassy in the Soviet Union reports that Sino-Korean relations continue to deteriorate, along with the capabilities of the Korean People's Army.

  • December 08, 1967

    Letter from Ambassador Brie of the GDR in the DPRK to Deputy MFA Hegen

    East German Ambassador to North Korea Horst Brie reports on the growing number of incidents at the Demilitarized Zone between North Korean forces and South Korean and U.S. forces. Brie offers his own analysis of the military situation in Korea while highlighting the different views of officials from Czechoslovakia and Poland.

  • January 28, 1968

    Information about the Incident with the Ship Pueblo

    With tensions high in Korea, the Embassy of the CSSR in Pyongyang concludes that "the Pueblo problem is beginning to outgrow the context of the Korean Peninsula."