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  • 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.

  • November 21, 1977

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

    Soviet-DPRK delegations meet, but agree to not discuss North Korea's economic problems repaying the Soviet Union, or the Soviet Union's refusal to supply a nuclear power plant to North Korea.

  • December 13, 1977

    Report on the Official Friendship Visit to the DPRK by the Party and State Delegation of the GDR, led by Comrade Erich Honecker

    Report on the official visit to the DPRK of a GDR delegation led by Erich Honecker. Included are the summary of the visit and the text of the Agreement on Developing Economic and Scientific/Technical Cooperation.

  • December 15, 1977

    The Official Visit of the GDR Party and State Delegation led by Erich Honecker to the DPRK

    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang reports to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the official visit of the GDR party and state delegation led by Erich Honecker to the DPRK. A recurring theme is the DPRK's commitment to the solidarity of the international Communist movement, and its reluctance to discuss international issues. The DPRK emphasizes bilateral relations, good relationships with both the Soviet Union and the PRC, and agrees to develop economic cooperation with the GDR.

  • January 28, 1978

    TELEGRAM 066.531 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Popa reports on the level of the delegation which the Soviets sent to Pyongyang and how North Korea reacted to the delegation's arrival.

  • February 02, 1978

    TELEGRAM 066.566 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Though China is offering constant support for the DPRK government's position on the reunification issue, North Korea also seeks to improve relations with the Soviet Union.

  • February 02, 1978

    TELEGRAM 066.539 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    North Korea's stance on Korean reunification and the United Nations is made clear during a visit of a Soviet delegation to Pyongyang.

  • February 28, 1978

    TELEGRAM 066.532 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang notes that despite North Korea's policy of equidistance toward the USSR and the PRC, the DPRK in fact has tilted closer to China.