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  • August 16, 1988

    Letter from the President of the DPRK’s National Olympic Committee to the President of International Olympic Committee on the Issue of Co-hosting the 1988 Olympics

    Letter from the President of the DPRK NOC, Kim Yu Sun, to the President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, on the IOC proposal for the 1988 Olympic Games dated August 11, 1988.

  • August 24, 1988

    Letter from the President of International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the President of the USSR Olympic Committee

    Letter from the President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, to the President of the Soviet NOC, Marat Gramov, on airspace for the 1988 Olympic Games.

  • September 08, 1988

    Letter from the President of International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the DPRK’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) Representative

    Letter from the President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, to the President of the DPRK Noc, Kim Yu Sun, on the anniversary of the founding of the DPRK and the issue of North Korea's participation in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

  • September 10, 1988

    Letter from the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the Korean Olympic Organizing Committee (SLOOC), in reference to the Letter sent by a South Korean Student Organization Threatening Violence during the 1988 Seoul Olympics

    Letter from IOC President, Juan Antonio Samaranch, to Director of Security Services, Mr. Cho Chin Hyung, on a letter received by the "Mudungsan Death-Defying Corps."

  • September 13, 1988

    Information on the Bulgarian Prime Minister, Georgi Atanasov's Visit to North Korea

    Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Bulgarian Communist Party, Georgi Atanasov reports on his visit to Pyongyang to celebrate the 40th anniversary of North Korea.

  • October, 1988

    The Party Cooperation between the PUWP and the CCP

    A memo from the Polish United Workers' Party that Sino-Polish relations have been fully normalized. A series of efforts and initiatives to further normalization are outlined.

  • October 10, 1988

    Report by Military Intelligence on Nuclear Proliferation

    Report by SISMI (Military Intelligence) on the state of missile proliferation: programs and production capabilities of developing countries, analysis of countries that started autonomous missile programs. The paper also addresses the issue of possible indiscriminate diffusion of Chinese missile technology and components on the international market. Annex: Summary table.

  • October 12, 1988

    Untitled report from Mieczysław Dedo, Polish Ambassador to the DPRK, concerning succession after Kim Il Sung

    Poland's ambassador to the DPRK reports on the speculation over the successor to Kim Il Sung and how the Republic of Korea's normalization of relations with communist states is related to the relative ranks of Kim Pyong-Il and Kim Jong Il.

  • October 18, 1988

    Note about a Meeting between Erich Honecker and Qiao Shi

    Erich Honecker and Qiao Shi discuss economic and political reform in China, attempts to foster Sino-Soviet rapprochement, and East German and Chinese attitudes toward chemical and nuclear weapons.

  • October 20, 1988

    Record of Conversation between Hwang Jang-yeop and A. Yakovlev

    The North Korean CC KWP secretary meets with the Soviet CC CPSU secretary and discusses the problem of the expansion of U.S. imperialism in the Asia Pacific. The North Korean CC KWP secretary stresses the issue of the unification of Korea and express the hope that the CPSU will influence other socialist countries so that they do not attempt to establish political relations with South Korea.

  • October 21, 1988

    Report on North Korea's International Situation under the New Realities in the World

    Report on North Korea's international standing, economic situation, and political relations with Soviet Russia in comparison to South Korea, following the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

  • October 31, 1988

    Memorandum, 'Re: Chinese Views on Some Aspects of Hungarian and Soviet Reform Policies'

    The Hungarian Ministry of the Interior weighs how China views the ongoing reforms in Hungary.

  • November 08, 1988

    Antonio Rubbi, 'Note for Comrades: Occhetto, Napolitano, Pajetta, Bufalini, and the Secretariat'

    Introduced by a cover letter by Antonio Rubbi dated November 8, 1988, this is a report by Lina Tamburrino from China. According Tamburrino, there was a growing divide between the CCP and public opinion, in particular due to rising inflation.

  • November 25, 1988

    Ciphered Telegram No. 333, Embassy of Hungary in India to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    Report on Soviet-Indian relations based on conversations with the Indian Foreign Minister and other officials. Gorbachev's visit to India resulted in the signing of several agreements, yet there are concerns in India about the direction of Soviet foreign policy. The two countries disagree about policy towards China, Afghanistan, and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

  • December 07, 1988

    Address by Mikhail Gorbachev at the UN General Assembly Session (Excerpts)

    Excerpts from an address by Gorbachev at the 43rd United Nations General Assembly Session. Gorbachev announced major cuts to the Soviet military presence in Eastern Europe and along the Chinese border.

  • December 20, 1988

    Basic Contents of the Meeting of the Working Group on Peace Treaty Issues, Tokyo

    Basic contents of the meeting of the working group on peace treaty issues, Tokyo, regarding the Kurile and Sakhalin islands and territorial disputes

  • December 23, 1988

    Diary of Teimuraz Stepanov-Mamaladze on a meeting between Eduard Shevardnadze and North Korean Foreign Minister Kim Yong-nam

    Kim reacts to news that the socialist countries will establish diplomatic relations with South Korea.

  • January 07, 1989

    National Intelligence Daily for Saturday, 7 January 1989

    The CIA's National Intelligence Daily for 7 January 1989 covers developments in Nicaragua, Venezuela, Panama, Libya, Lebanon, Jordan, Taiwan, the Soviet Union, and Armenia. Certain portions of the document are redacted due to b(1) and b(3) exemptions.

  • January 09, 1989

    Untitled report from Mieczysław Dedo, Polish Ambassador to the DPRK, concerning the results of Kim Jong Nam’s visit to Iran

    The Polish Ambassador in North Korea summarizes the results of Kim Jong Nam's visit to Iran, including possible oil deliveries, arms sales, and cooperation in uranium enrichment.

  • January 14, 1989

    National Intelligence Daily for Saturday, 14 January 1989

    The CIA's National Intelligence Daily for 14 January 1989 covers developments in Afghanistan, France, Cuba, Lebanon, Syria, the Soviet Union, and China. Certain portions of the document are redacted due to b(1) and b(3) exemptions.