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  • November 20, 1972

    From the Journal of N.G. Sudarikov, 'Record of a Conversation with Kim Il Sung, General Secretary of the KWP CC and Chairman of the DPRK Cabinet of Ministers, 7 November 1972'

    During the meeting between Lee Hu-rak and Pak Seong-cheol on November 2, North Korea asked the South to free political prisoners, cease its anti-communist campaigns, and restore democracy before a North-South Coordinating Committee is established. The structure and functions of the committee were discussed as well.

  • November 22, 1972

    Notes about a Conversation with the USSR's Ambassador, Comrade Malzev, on 22 November 1972

    Memorandum of Conversation between East German officials and the Soviet ambassador to Finland on the subject of the seating arrangements and participant designations for the upcoming CSCE conference

  • November 27, 1972

    Report by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union on Talks Between Zhou Enlai and Walter Scheel

    These statements by the Central Committee (CC) of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) concern talks between Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai and West German Foreign Minister Walter Scheel. The CC assesses the improvement of relations between China and West Germany as adverse to the interests of East Germany and of Socialism. China is criticized for not supporting the idea of a European conference on security and cooperation and for sustaining the role of organizations such as the European Economic Community and NATO. The CC expresses disagreement with China's abstention from the disarmament process and with its position within the UN.

  • November 29, 1972

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Vienna to Deputy Minister Nicolae Ecobescu and Vice President of the State Committee for Nuclear Energy Ion Udrea

    Clarification of the PRC position regarding the IAEA and inspections in Taiwan.

  • November 29, 1972

    Letter by Italian Ambassador in Bonn, Mario Luciolli, to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Giuseppe Medici

    A letter from Mario Luciolli, the Italian Ambassador to Bonn, to Foreign Minister Giuseppe Medici. Luciolli discusses problems of both conventional and nuclear defense in Western Europe, expressing concerns over the credibility of NATO's involvement on the continent and advocating for further European integration.

  • November 30, 1972

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Vienna to Deputy Minister Nicolae Ecobescu and Vice President of the State Committee for Nuclear Energy Ion Udrea

    The Canadian Embassy in Beijing contacted the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the need to continue the IAEA inspections in Taiwan.

  • December, 1972

    Report from Várkonyi József 'The visit of Korean ambassador Pak Gyeong-sun'

    A report by Varkonyi Jozsef on the visit of North Korean ambassador Pak Gyeong-sun, regarding the Korean Commission of the UN and North Korea’s relations with the Netherlands.

  • December 01, 1972

    Note on Information by DPRK Deputy Foreign Minister Comrade Ri Man-seok on 28 November 1972 for the Ambassadors and Acting Ambassadors of Poland, Czechoslovakia and the GDR between 1200 and 1330 hours in the Foreign Ministry

    Ri Man-seok provides a brief on the fourth session of Red Cross negotiations held in Seoul and the domestic political situation of South Korea under the Park Chung Hee regime.

  • December 08, 1972

    A. Putintsev and V. Gorovoy, 'Key Aspects of Korean-Chinese relations in 1972'

    A letter from the Soviet Embassy in Pyongyang reviewing developments in Sino-North Korean relations in 1972, including the effects of China’s anti-Soviet campaigns and Beijing’s seeking of closer ties with the US and Japan.

  • December 12, 1972

    Note on Information by DPRK Deputy Foreign Minister Comrade Ri Jong-mok on 9 December 1972 for the Ambassadors and Acting Ambassadors of Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, and the GDR between 1000 and 1125 hours

    Ri Jong-mok reports on the third meeting of the Joint Chairmen of the Coordination Committee and on the first Session of the North-South Coordinating Committee in Seoul.

  • December 15, 1972

    Proposal from Deputy Minister Nicolae Ecobescu to Minister of Foreign Affairs George Macovescu, 'Control by the International Atomic Energy Agency in Taiwan'

    Summary of conflicts over the IAEA inspection of Taiwan and the government of the People's Republic of China.

  • December 15, 1972

    Secret Telegram from Moscow to Warsaw, No. 13698

    This gives a short overview of Chinese foreign policy in light of Communist and Soviet attitudes and perceptions in China. A possible Soviet response to such attitudes is suggested.

  • December 18, 1972

    Analysis of Romanian-Chinese Relations by the East German Embassy in Bucharest

    This analysis examines the intensification of Romanian-Chinese relations after 1971. The document explains why relations between Romania and China can pose problems. It discusses similarities between China's and Romania's domestic and foreign policies and relates these similarities to the nationalist course of the Romanian Communist Party. Romania supposedly sees a role for China within the UN as a counterbalance to the Soviet Union. The author disagrees with the Romanian position regarding German reunification and a European conference on security and cooperation.

  • December 29, 1972

    Discussion between Mao Zedong and Nguyen Thi Binh

    Mao Zedong advises Nguyen Thi Binh to continue with negotiations.

  • December 31, 1972

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Truong Chinh

    Zhou Enlai pushes for negotiations.

  • 1973

    Comments from Leading American Senators

    An insert to an AKFIC publication on the role of the U.S. Congress in U.S.-North Korean relations.

  • 1973

    For Congress to Act We Must Speak Out, Loud and Clear!

    The AKFIC urges the U.S. Congress to positively respond to a letter from North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly.

  • January 03, 1973

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Le Duc Tho

    Zhou Enlai encourages Vietnam’s negotiations with the US.

  • January 06, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, No. 061.005, Urgent

    The telegram comments on several changes and challenges to North Korea's 6 year plan (1971-76). Romanian sources report that Pyongyang set unrealistic goals and production quotas on North Korea's heavy industry that is burdened by the deficit of raw materials. The telegram also points out North Korea's growing foreign trade with capitalist nations, while export quotas to socialist countries have only been partially fulfilled. The author points to lagging in many of North Korea's industrial sectors and comments that Pyongyang's economic goals will require massive financial efforts over the short-term.

  • January 12, 1973

    Cable from the Central Military Party Committee to COSVN on Guidance Principles for Leading the Struggle Movement After a Political Settlement and Ceasefire

    In preparation for future attacks from U.S. and South Vietnamese forces, the Central Military Party Committee sent COSVN guidance on strengthening combat units, monitoring enemy operations, and expanding political struggle activities.