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  • September 28, 1950

    Telegram, Gromyko to Cde. I.V. Stalin, Transmitting Letter from Kim Il Sung

    Kim Il Sung expresses his gratitude. In his telegram Gromyko informs Stalin of other letters from Kim Il Sung concerning the training of 120 Korean pilots in the Soviet Union, the supply of cars to the DPRK, the four advisors to North Korea's Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the wages of the air force cadets of the People's Army who are training in the Soviet Union.

  • September 30, 1950

    Draft Telegram from Chanfu (Bulganin) to Matveyev (Razuvayev)

    A response to Matveyev’s previous telegram approving the consolidation of power (as Supreme Commander in Chief and Defense Minister) to Kim Il Sung, the formation of six divisions, transport of ammunitions and fuel. Bulganin also unofficially advocates Kim’s plans to request aid from China.

  • October 09, 1950

    Telegram from Kim Il Sung to Stalin (via Shtykov)

    Kim Il Sung requests that Koreans living in the Soviet Union be trained there for service in the Korean Army, explaining that the strong presence of the American military in Korea will not allow for on-site training. Shytkov attached his support of Kim’s request in this telegram to Stalin.

  • October 13, 1950

    Telegram, from Gromyko to Stalin

    Account of the reception of the Chinese Ambassador Peng Dehuai. He requested that all Korean undergrad and graduate students be admitted to the Soviet summer schools, as well as Korean specialists who receive production and technical training in industrial settings the USSR (a total of 738 people). Gromyko notes that there are differences between the requests of Dehuai and Kim Il Sung, and that Dehuai has been asked to speak to Kim Il Sung, and clear up the differences.

  • October 20, 1950

    Letter from Gromyko to Stalin on Korean Students in USSR

    Report of the decisions on the training of Korean students of aviation and telegraph operation, graduate students, and specialists. The Korean ambassador, Ju Yeon-ha, requested to be informed in the preparation of the students and to be able to ask questions about the training.

  • November 13, 1950

    Telegram from Shtykov to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Moscow

    Soviet advice to North Korea concerning the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly on the Korea issue.

  • January 30, 1951

    Ciphered Telegram No. 100269, Feng Xi [Stalin] to Comrade Razuvaev

    Telegram instructing Ambassador Razuvaev to discuss with Kim Il Sung details for reorganizing the KPA administrative and command structure.

  • February 03, 1951

    Ciphered Telegram No. 100320, Feng Xi [Stalin] to Razuvaev, for Cde. Kim Il Sung

    Stalin states that the Soviet Union has insufficient lead to supply China, Korea and itself, Stalin also asks for the exportation of lead ore from Korea to the USSR.

  • February 03, 1951

    Ciphered Telegram No. 100319, Feng Xi [Stalin] to Razuvaev

    Stalin clarifies that his previous telegram of 30 January was not an order, but a proposal to discuss options with Korea.

  • June 07, 1951

    Ciphered Telegram No. 3446, Filippov [Stalin] to Krasovsky, for Cde. Mao Zedong

    Telegram from Stalin telling Mao that he is ready to receive Gao Gang and Kim Il Sung.

  • June 13, 1951

    Ciphered Telegram No. 3557, Filippov [Stalin] to Roshchin

    Telegram from Stalin to Mao summarizing his discussions with Kim Il Sung and Gao Gang on the issues of military advisors, air force training and assistance, and the implications of a potential armistice.

  • June 26, 1951

    Letter, Kim Il Sung to Comrade Stalin I.V.

    Letter from Kim Il Sung to Stalin informing him of lead shipments from the DPRK to the Soviet Union and China.

  • June 30, 1951

    Ciphered Telegram No. 3917, Filippov [Stalin] to Krasovsky, for Cde. Mao Zedong

    Telegram from Stalin to Mao advising how to reply to the American request for armistice negotiations.

  • November 14, 1951

    Ciphered Telegram No. 25902 from Beijing, Mao Zedong to Cde. Filippov [Stalin]

    Mao writes to Stalin of the ongoing armistice negotiations concerning Korea, specifically the proposed demarcation line (38th parallel). Mao also writes about monitoring, the exchange of prisoners of war, and economic considerations within China.

  • November 21, 1951

    Ciphered Telegram No. 26044, Gromyko to Razuvaev

    Telegram from Gromyko to Razuvaev instructing him to explain to the Chinese and Koreans the reasoning behind Vyshinsky's demand that the demarcation line be established at the 38th parallel rather than at the present front line.

  • January 31, 1952

    Ciphered Telegram No. 16008 from Beijing, Mao Zedong to Cde. Filippov [Stalin]

    Mao asks Stalin advice and instructions concerning issues raised during negotiations, particularly the establishment of a monitoring organ comprised of officials from neutral countries.

  • April 14, 1952

    VKP(b) CC Politburo decision with approved message from Stalin to Kim Il Sung

    Telegram from Stalin to Kim Il Sung asking whether the latter wants wheat flour in response to a shortage of bread in North Korea.

  • April 16, 1952

    Ciphered Telegram No. 501587, Babkin to Shtemenko, transmitting letter of Kim Il Sung to Comrade I.V. Stalin

    Telegram from Kim Il Sung to Stalin confirming that he would accept Stalin's offer to send 50,000 tons of bread.

  • September 02, 1952

    Report, Zhou Enlai to the Chairman [Mao Zedong] and the Central Committee

    Zhou Enlai and Peng Dehuai try to persuade Kim Il Sung to fight until the United States proposes negotiations.

  • September 03, 1952

    Minutes of Conversation between I.V. Stalin and Zhou Enlai

    Conversation between Stalin and Zhou Enlai on the Chinese Five-Year Plan, the Ulan-Bator-Pinditsiuan railroad, and arms sales/production. They also discussed the Korean war, Burma, and Tibet.