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  • May 22, 1980

    Ministry of National Defense Report for the President, 'Intelligence on Activities of the North Korean Puppet Regime'

    The South Korean Ministry of National Defense analyzes Chinese evidence on an alleged North Korean invasion of South Korea.

  • May 22, 1980

    The Issue of the North Korean Invasion of the South

    Japan and China discuss the possibility of a North Korean invasion of South Korea.

  • June 06, 1980

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

    A North Korean newspaper editor describes his views of Chun Doo-hwan to a Hungarian diplomat.

  • June 18, 1980

    East German Record of a Meeting of Delegation Leaders at the Eleventh Interkit Meeting in Poland

    This record of a meeting of the delegation leaders attending the 11th Interkit meeting addresses China's strategy in the area of international relations. The document expresses concern regarding Beijing's policies and calls for unity among the Communist countries. International issues discussed include Soviet-Korean relations, i.e., the Belgrade meeting between Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and his Korean counterpart Kim Il Sung. Conditions in Albania, Romania, and Yugoslavia, and the positions of these countries within the Communist bloc, are critically assessed. Another topic is the improvement of anti-Maoist propaganda.

  • September 22, 1980

    Telegram from the Hungarian Embassy in Pyongyang, 'The KWP’s 6th Congress'

    The Hungarian Embassy in Pyomgyang reports on the delegations of the Soviet Union, Japan, and Yugoslavia attending the 6th Korean Workers' Party Congress.

  • October 22, 1980

    Telegram from the Hungarian Embassy in Moscow, 'The Soviet press on the KWP’s 6th Congress'

    Dr. Szűrös Mátyás reports on the coverage of the Korean Workers' Party's 6th Congress by the Soviet press, mainly Pravda.

  • October 23, 1980

    Telegram from the Hungarian Embassy in Pyongyang, 'KWP’s 6th Congress'

    A report on the talk during the Korean party congress, with the delegations of the CPSU and the KWP, led by Grishin and Kim Yeong-nam.

  • March 12, 1981

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

    The Soviet Union continues talks with the DPRK regarding economic issues. The Soviet Union extends North Korea's credit, yet continues to defer the construction of the repeatedly requested power plant. Sino-Korean relations are also criticized.

  • June 09, 1982

    Conversation between Soviet Foreign Ministry Official Mikhail S. Kapitsa and Deputy Foreign Minister of Mongolia D. Yondon

    Record of conversation between Mikhail S. Kapitsa, the head of the First Far Eastern Department of the Soviet Foreign Ministry, and D. Yondon, First Deputy Foreign Minister of the Mongolian People's Republic. They discuss foreign relations with China, Japan and North Korea. They also discuss the current situation in Vietnam, India and Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

  • July 28, 1983

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

    At the Soviet-Korean Intergovernmental Economic, Technical, and Scientific Consultative Commission, the Soviets decline to extend technological cooperation with the Koreans until the DPRK is part of relevant international agreements.

  • September 12, 1983

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

    A request from Soviet Union to North Korea to explain North Korean actions regarding the KAL shootdown incident.

  • September 14, 1983

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

    A report on a iscussion between Kim Il Sung and Demichev about foreign policies toward Soviet and KAL incident

  • March 04, 1984

    Stanisław Kramarz, 'Record of a Conversation of the Embassy Councillor-Minister Com. A. Juniewicz with Deputy Director of the Far East Department of the MOFA of the USSR, Com. Fadeev'

    Polish and Soviet officials discuss the latest developments in North Korea. They state that the internal situation in DPRK is stable. In addition, in order to solve economic hardships, the DPRK seeks enhanced cooperation with the Soviet Union.

  • May 30, 1984

    Stenographic Record of Conversation between Erich Honecker and Kim Il Sung

    Stenographic record of the first meeting between Kim Il Sung and Erich Honecker upon the former's 1984 official visit to the GDR. This is the morning session of 30 May 1984. Kim does most of the talking. Kim Il Sung discussed the economic situation in North Korea, objectives and problems of energy generation, the educational system. He asked the GDR for labor and cooperation in the education of specialists. He wanted to sign a long-term agreement of economic cooperation along with the intended friendship treaty. Kim Il Sung also evaluated the military situation in South Korea, explaining the problems of negotiations and reunification with the South. Honecker proposed the creation of an agreement towards economic and scientific cooperation between GDR and North Korea.

  • June 04, 1984

    Untitled report the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Stefan Olszowski concerning his meeting with the Soviet Ambassador Aleksandr Aksionau in Poland

    During a visit to the USSR, Kim Il Sung stressed the unity of socialist countries especially in Southeast Asia. Kim mentioned that DPRK has no intention of attacking South Korea.

  • June 07, 1984

    Information About the State Visit of the General Secretary of the WPK CC and President of the DPRK, Kim Il Sung, to the GDR

    A comprehensive overview of North Korean-East German ties as well as North Korea's overall foreign relations in light of a visit to the GDR made by Kim Il Sung.

  • August 23, 1984

    Information about the Cooperation between the KGB of the USSR and the MfS of the DPRK

    A report on assistance from the Soviet Union and East Germany to North Korea's intelligence services.

  • March 09, 1985

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

    The Soviet Union and DPRK enter negotiations to build a nuclear power plant, and "practically reach a preliminary agreement." North Korea views the construction as being a means of increasing economic and political prestige.

  • December 23, 1985

    On the Current Situation in the DPRK

    North Korea is said to have started acknowledging the World War II and Korean War-era assistance of the USSR and China once again. Some Western literature is now available in the DPRK. And a flurry of construction projects have begun outside of Pyongyang.

  • January 20, 1986

    Diary of Teimuraz Stepanov-Mamaladze on Meeting between Eduard Shevardnadze and North Korean Foreign Minister Kim Yong-nam

    Kim talks about the importance of North and South Korea, referring to the peninsula as "the most explosive place on the planet."