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  • January 14, 1975

    Note from GDR Embassy in Pyongyang to Comrade Liebermann

    Everhartz summarizes remarks made by the Soviet Ambassador Gleb Aleksandrovich on Sino-DPRK relations and what the USSR ought to do to further their interests in North Korea.

  • January 28, 1975

    Note On a Conversation with USSR Embassy Counselor Comrade Pimenov on 24 January 1975 in the Soviet Embassy

    A note summarizing a conversation on the coverage of the People's Congress in China by "Rodong Sinmun" and a planned trip of Kim Il Sung to the Soviet Union.

  • April, 1975

    South Korean Report on Kim Il Sung’s Attempt to Visit the USSR in 1975

    A South Korean document discusses and speculates the purpose of Kim Il Sung's possible visit to the USSR as well as expected Soviet responses to North Korean requests.

  • April 29, 1975

    On the Visit of a DPRK Party and Government Delegation Headed by Kim Il Sung to the PR China from 18 to 26 April 1975

    Report of the visit by DPRK officials to the PRC. This summary addresses the PRC’s and the DPRK’s relations with each other and their individual policies towards South Korea, it examines the issue of reunification and touches on the Sino-Soviet competition.

  • July 30, 1975

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

    Hungarian report on Sino-Korean relations. China is wary of a second Korean War, whereas Kim Il Sung makes it clear that military force is an option. Military technology and equipment were also made available to Kim Il Sung on his foreign relations tour.

  • September 01, 1975

    Report from the GDR Embassy in the DPRK

    Steinhofer addresses the relationship between the DPRK and the Soviet Union as well as other socialist states.

  • March 20, 1976

    Telegram from Dacca to Bucharest, SECRET, Regular, No. 030.602

    The Embassy of Romania in Dacca summarizes Korean unification efforts based on information provided by North Korean diplomats in Bangladesh.

  • April 15, 1976

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

    Report on Soviet-Korean economic negotiations. The DPRK makes a request for a nuclear power plant, which the Soviet Union declines. The Korean delegation is overly aggressive and crude to the Soviets.

  • April 29, 1976

    Wasilewski, 'Urgent Report regarding the Current Situation in the DPRK, on the Korean Peninsula'

    Polish and Soviet officials review the internal situation in and the foreign policy of the DPRK, including relations with both socialist and capitalist countries.

  • May 06, 1976

    Report from the GDR Embassy in the DPRK, 'Note about a Conversation with the Soviet Ambassador, Comrade Kryulin, on 5 May 1976 in his Residence'

    A report from Ambassador Everhartz on the discussion with the Ambassador of the Soviet Union about the relationship between the DPRK and China and about the DPRK’s political situation. He concludes that the DPRK has moved away from the Soviet camp without getting closer to the Chinese.

  • May 13, 1976

    Report from the GDR Embassy in the USSR, “Note about a Conversation between Comrade Bauer and Comrade Basmanov, Deputy Head of the 1st Far Eastern Department of the USSR Foreign Ministry, on 10 May, 1976.”

    Summary of a conversation between Comrade Bauer and Comrade Basmanov addressing the personality cult in the DPRK, the socialist development in the DPRK, the DPRK’s economy, the relationship between the Soviet Union and the DPRK. Basmanov, furthermore, compared the DPRK’s relationship with the Soviet Union to its relationship with the PRC.

  • June 25, 1976

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

    Soviet-Korean relations deteriorate, as Korea falls behind in commercial deliveries and the Soviet Union declines to deliver a nuclear power plant.

  • August 09, 1976

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

    Memorandum from 1976 Intergovernmental Consultative Commission, in which Korea's inability to maintain levels of trade in raw materials has negatively affected Soviet production. North Korea again asks for a nuclear power plant.

  • August 20, 1976

    Telegram from New York to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 060.387

    The Romanian Mission to the United Nations in New York reports on developments related to the Panmunjeom or "Axe Murder" Incident at the UN.

  • September 01, 1976

    Telegram from Moscow to Bucharest, SECRET, Flash, No. 058.014

    The Embassy of Romania in Moscow assesses the Panmunjeom or "Axe Murder" Incident of August 1976.

  • October 27, 1976

    Telegram from Norwegian Embassy in Moscow, 'North Korean Diplomats'

    A Soviet diplomat confirms that North Koreans have been expelled from Moscow for drug smuggling.

  • December 08, 1976

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

    The DPRK requests economic aid and technology from the Soviet Union. The Soviets repeatedly ignore or refuse the requests.

  • January 20, 1977

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

    North Korea intends to not fulfill trade obligations with the Soviet Union in order to fix the increasing economic problems. North Korea again asks for a nuclear power plant, as means of increasing prestige.

  • May 18, 1977

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

    Soviet-DPRK economic relations make slow progress. The North Koreans continue to ask for a nuclear power plant, which the Soviets will not supply. Kim Il Sung is to make an official visit to Moscow.

  • July 08, 1977

    Telegram 066671 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang reports to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Wladyslaw Wojtasik's visit to the DPRK and Kim Il Sung's comments on the DPRK's bilateral relationship with the PRP.