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  • January 20, 1983

    Special National Intelligence Estimate, SNIE 13/32-83, 'Chinese Policy and Practices Regarding Sensitive Nuclear Transfers'

    With nuclear proliferation a policy priority for the Jimmy Carter administration, and Pakistan already a special concern, the possibility that China and Pakistan were sharing nuclear weapons-related information began was beginning to worry US government officials. These concerns did not go away during the Reagan administration. While nuclear proliferation was not a top priority, the administration was apprehensive about the implications of the spread of nuclear capabilities and that China may have been aiding and abetting some potential proliferators by selling unsafeguarded nuclear materials.

  • February 09, 1983

    Hungarian Embassy in Indonesia, Ciphered Telegram, 9 February 1983. Subject: The visit of a DPRK deputy foreign minister in Indonesia.

    Inter-Korean relations is the topic of discussion in this ciphered telegram. North Korea is expecting Indonesian support in the Non-Aligned movement on the reunification issue. However, Indonesia maintained this was a domestic dispute and it had no place to oversee negotiations.

  • February 11, 1983

    Letter, Kyung-Won Kim to H.E. Ambassador O.A. Troyanovsky

    Ambassador Kim denounces North Korea for distorting the ROK-US defensive military exercise and contributing to the tension in Korean peninsula.

  • March 02, 1983

    Hungarian Embassy in Mongolia, Report, 2 March 1983. Subject: Vietnamese views about North Korean policies.

    The report concerns Vietnamese relations with North Korea. Vietnam views the policies of the ruling North Korean party to be counter to the ideals of Marxism, and has provided for strained relations. Vietnam also believes North Korea to be conspiring with China against Vietnam. The question of the Non-Aligned Movement's objectives was also a topic for discussion.

  • March 05, 1983

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Report, 5 March 1983. Subject: The DPRK’s activities before the 7th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement.

    Sándor Etre summarizes North Korea's diplomatic activity in the lead up to the 7th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in New Delhi.

  • March 07, 1983

    Memorandum, Hungarian Academy of Sciences to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    The DPRK asks Hungary to train Korean experts on the operation and management of a nuclear power plant.

  • April 06, 1983

    Letter, Hungarian Foreign Ministry to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

    Hungary politely defers North Korea's request for training on a nuclear power plant to the Soviets.

  • April 11, 1983

    Statement of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Spokesman

    The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry denounces the delivery to Thailand by the United States of military equipment.

  • May 30, 1983

    Memorandum, Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    A conversation with Pang Yong-kab and Ho Kwang-ho on the Sino-Korean relationships following the hijacking of a Chinese airplane

  • July 28, 1983

    Memorandum, Branch Office of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Trade in Pyongyang to the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Trade

    At the Soviet-Korean Intergovernmental Economic, Technical, and Scientific Consultative Commission, the Soviets decline to extend technological cooperation with the Koreans until the DPRK is part of relevant international agreements.

  • August 04, 1983

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

    The Bulgarian Embassy in North Korea urges the DPRK to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty. North Korea won't commit, citing presence of US nuclear weapons in South Korea

  • August 15, 1983

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Ciphered Telegram, 15 August 1983. Subject: Conference of the ministers of education and culture of the Non-Aligned Movement in Pyongyang.

    In this telegram, the Non-Alignhed Movement convened in Pyongyang. The Cuban ambassador speaks about the proceedings, namely North Korea's negative posture throughout the conference and their insistence on imposing the Juche ideology. The extremist ideas of the Korean delegation did not successfully push through in the conference.

  • August 19, 1983

    Report, Embassy of Hungary in East Germany to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    The standpoints of the GDR on several international events related to Korea, including the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

  • August 23, 1983

    Information Report About the Present Activity of the DPRK Embassy in the GDR

    A detailed report about the North Korean embassy in East Germany, focusing on its political and propaganda activities.

  • September 05, 1983

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

    Soviet embassy's information on the cause of KAL plane incident and anti-Communist campaigns in South Korea.

  • September 08, 1983

    CPSU CC Politburo Session, Korean Air Flight 007

    Minutes from a Soviet Politburo meeting discussing the South Korean flight KAL 007 which was shot down by a Soviet interceptor on September 1, 1983.

  • September 12, 1983

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

    A request from Soviet Union to North Korea to explain North Korean actions regarding the KAL shootdown incident.

  • September 14, 1983

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

    A report on a iscussion between Kim Il Sung and Demichev about foreign policies toward Soviet and KAL incident

  • September 19, 1983

    Note about the Talks of Comrade Minister [Erich Mielke] with the Deputy Chairman of the KGB, Comrade V. A. Kryuchkov, on 19 September 1983 in Berlin

    Meeting between KGB Deputy Chairman Kryuchkov and East German Minister for State Security Mielke, including discussion of the shootdown of Korean Airlines (KAL) Flight 007.

  • September 28, 1983

    Hungarian Embassy in India, Ciphered Telegram, 28 September 1983. Subject: Indian views about the Korean Workers’ Party.

    Indian-North Korean relations are the subject of this telegram, with attention paid to the Indian Communist Party's views on the North Korean Worker's Party. The cult of personality, autarkic economic policy and Juche ideology provide many points of misgiving from the point of view of the Indians.