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  • April 29, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 29 April 1960

    Puzanov and Pak Seong-cheol discuss plans for a dinner at the Soviet Embassy and the possibility of having the United Nations investigate conditions in South Korea.

  • April 30, 1960

    Letter, South African Legation in Vienna, Regarding Relations with the United States

    The South African Legation in Vienna writes to the Department of Foreign Affairs to request a copy of the Union's bilateral agreement with the United States. Mr. Philip at the Department of External Affairs attaches a handwritten note that they won't find anything in the bilateral on grants for nuclear technology; the offer was made generally, in President Eisenhower's subsequent speech.

  • May 02, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 2 May 1960

    Kim Il Sung and Puzanov discuss events in South Korea, North Korea's Seven-Year Plan, Soviet-Korean relations, and Kim's health problems.

  • May 04, 1960

    South Africa Department of Foreign Affairs, 'Proposed Application to United States for Assistance in Meeting Costs of Research Reactor in Western Province'

    Discusses how South Africa should go about applying to the United States for financial assistance for the building of a research reactor in the Western Province, under President Eisenhower's 'Atoms for Peace' program.

  • May 05, 1960

    Letter, P. H. Philip, Forwarding Material on South African 'Atoms for Peace' Proposal to United States

    P. H. Philip of the South African Department of Foreign Affairs forwards material on South Africa's application to the United States for financial assistance with the development of a reactor for nuclear research.

  • May 05, 1960

    Letter, P. H. Philip, Regarding South African Application to United States for Nuclear Assistance

    Philip states that South Africa wishes to apply for a grant from the United States for the reactor to be built in the Western Province.

  • May 07, 1960

    Conversation from [Mao Zedong's] Audience with Guests from Africa

    Mao describes the history of Western imperialism in China and discusses ways that people around the world are opposing imperialism. He pledges to support the anti-imperialist struggle in Africa and calls for unity. (Note: in this 1968 edition, the names of a Cuban national hero and his younger brother [presumably Fidel and Raul Castro] are redacted.)

  • May 08, 1960

    Conversation from [Mao Zedong's] Audience with Guests from Latin America

    Mao discusses the economic development of China and Latin America as well as ongoing anti-imperialist struggles around the world with a visiting delegation from Latin America. He expresses support for their efforts and calls for unity.

  • May 09, 1960

    Letter from Elias Sarkis

  • May 09, 1960

    Conversation from [Mao Zedong's] Audience with Guests from Iraq, Iran, and Cyprus

    Mao congratulates the visitors from Iraq on their successful July 14 revolution. While expressing support for the ongoing anti-colonialist struggles in Iraq, Iran, and Cyprus, he discusses a variety of topics, including American aggression, Taiwan, Cuba, and the eventual downfall of imperialism.

  • May 10, 1960

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

    Károly Práth assesses the poor conditions facing repatriated Koreans from Japan.

  • 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.

  • May 12, 1960

    Top Secret Bulgarian Politburo Resolution on Arms Delivery to Africa and Asia

    This document includes a memorandum from the Chairman of the State Planning Commission who recommends exporting excess military production to countries in Africa and Asia. In an attached table the production capacities of the Bulgarian military-industrial complex are shown.

  • May 13, 1960

    Letter, T. Schumann,' Application for Grant from AEC of USA'

    Letter from the Deputy Chairman of the South African Council on Nuclear Power regarding an application to the United States Atomic Energy Commission for assistance.

  • May 16, 1960

    Memorandum for International Operations Division Chief, 'RFE Guidance Line on U-2 Incident'

    An IOD officer responsible for RFE reports to Cord Meyer on differences between the FEC/RFE leadership in New York and the RFE management in Munich on broadcast coverage of the U-2 incident and endorses the “calm and reasoned” approach of the Munich management.

  • May 16, 1960

    The Economy of the DPRK and South Korea in the Postwar Period

    Tugarinov compares the economy of the DPRK and South Korea in the postwar period, and notes DPRK's superiority in its level of industrial production and standard of living.

  • May 17, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 17 May 1960

    Puzanov informs Kim Il Sung of the Soviet position toward America's provocations and says Kim's request to visit Krushchev in Moscow will likely be accepted.

  • May 17, 1960

    Report of the Czechoslovak Politburo Regarding Military Assistance to the Cuban Government, 16 May 1960, and CPCz Politburo Resolution, 17 May 1960

    This includes further orders of weapons shipment to the Cuban revolutionary government under the guise of "special materials." Also included is a short profile on Raul Castro, member of the Cuban delegation, as well as the details of his stay in Czechoslovakia.

  • May 20, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 20 May 1960

    Puzanov describes his discussions with Pang Hak-se on Kim Il Sung's trip to China and with Qiao Xiaoguang on Sino-Soviet relations.

  • May 20, 1960

    Report, Embassy of the Hungarian People’s Republic in the DPRK to the Foreign Ministry of Hungary

    Hungarian Ambassador Károly Práth reports on a conversation he held with Yu Chang-sik about relations between the DPRK and the Republic of Guinea, the visit of an Algerian delegation to North Korea, and the need to strengthen the North Korean economy in light of provocations by the South.