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  • December 18, 1947

    Central Intelligence Agency, ORE-62, 'Implementation of Soviet Objectives in Korea'

    The CIA analyzes Soviet policy in northern Korea, claiming that it seeks to create a satellite state.

  • March 18, 1948

    Central Intelligence Agency, ORE 15/48, 'The Current Situation in Korea'

    An intelligence report about both North and South Korea. The report explains what the situation currently is and what is projected to happen with Soviet and American interaction with their respective Koreas.

  • April 12, 1948

    Protocol No. 61 of a Meeting of the Special Committee under the Council of Ministers of the USSR (Excerpt)

    Memorandum of the Special Committee of the CC CPSU postponing the geological prospecting for uranium in North Korea.

  • May 22, 1948

    Comments and a Conclusion on the Draft Provisional Constitution of the Korean People's Democratic Republic

    Comments and discussion on several articles of a draft constitution for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

  • July 11, 1948

    Record of Conversation between Kim Gu and Liu Yuwan

    Kim Gu (Kim Koo) and the Chinese Nationalist Minister Liu Yuwan discuss Kim's participation in the South Korean government, his attendance at a conference in Pyongyang, and the possibility of a Russian-led attack on southern Korea.

  • July 12, 1948

    Memo of the Directorate for Foreign Relations of the USSR Armed Forces General Staff about the Results of a Conference of Leaders of the Political Parties and Organizations of North and South Korea

    The statement describes the conference which took place in Pyongyang from June 29 to July 5. The main goal of the conference was to discuss the separate elections held in South Korea and possibilities for the unification of Korea. The North Korean representatives considered the National Assembly formed in South Korea to be illegitimate and urged for the expulsion of foreign powers in order to achieve a unified Korea.

  • October 22, 1948

    Telephone Message via VCh, Kim Il Sung to Generalissimo Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin

    Kim praises Stalin and the USSR for its role in securing Korean independence and in negotiating with the Americans on the Korean issue

  • October 10, 1948

    Soviet Political, Economic, and Cultural Aid to the DPRK People for the DPRK's Democratic Construction

    The Ministry of Culture and Propaganda publishes a pamphlet on the Soviet Union's tremendous assistance to the DPRK and contrasts the Soviet Union with the behavior of the US and Japan.

  • October 12, 1948

    Telephone Message via VCh, I. Stalin to Kim Il Sung

    Telegram from Stalin to Kim Il Sung acknowledging Kim's telegram from the 8th of October. Stalin states that the Soviet government is ready to begin diplomatic relations with the DPRK, exchange ambassadors, and start economic relations

  • November 20, 1948

    The Korean People's Army

    A collection of speeches of Kim Il Sung, Kim Du-bong, Choe Yong-geon, and Kim Dal-hyeon on the Korean People's Army in 1948.

  • December 12, 1948

    A/RES/293, The Problem of the Independence of Korea

    After accepting the United Nations Temporary Commission on Korea's report on the validity of the South Korean election, the UN General Assembly passes Resolution 195 to recognize the Republic of Korea as a legitimate government on the Korean Peninsula.

  • December 25, 1948

    The Operation of the People’s Economy and the System of Planning

    Published by the State Planning Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in 1948, this pamphlet describes the economy of Korea during the colonial period and lays out the policy changes made since liberation.

  • 1949

    Tables from the Department of Education, South Pyeong-an Branch of the Overseas Chinese Federation

    Statistics on Overseas Chinese schools in South Pyeong-an Province, North Korea.

  • 1949

    Tables from the Department of Education, Pyongyang Special City Branch of the Overseas Chinese Federation

    Statistics on Overseas Chinese schools in Pyongyang, North Korea.

  • 1949

    School Standardization, North Pyeong-an Province

    Statistics and narrative reports on Overseas Chinese schools in North Pyeong-an Province, North Korea.

  • 1949

    Summary of the Work of the Overseas Chinese Federation in South Hamgyong Province

    Statistics and narrative reports on Overseas Chinese schools in South Hamgyong Province, North Korea.

  • January, 1949

    Month End Investigative Report on Overseas Chinese Schools in Every Province of North Korea

    Statistics relating to Overseas Chinese schools in North Korea.

  • 1949

    The Korean Government Delegation's Visit to Moscow (Korean Version)

    A report on a trip to Moscow made by a Korean government delegation, including information on what the delegation has seen and the conclusion of treaties with the Soviet Union on the economy, culture and technical assistance.

  • 1949

    Report on the 164th and the 166th Division

    The history and basic information on the 164th and the 166th Divisions of the People's Liberation Army, or the divisions composed mainly of ethnic Koreans.

  • February 25, 1949

    Summary of Education Work in North Hamgyong

    Narrative reports on Overseas Chinese schools in North Hamgyong Province, North Korea.