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  • November 01, 1971

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

    The Embassy of Hungary in North Korea reports on a trip of Pak Seong-cheol to Moscow to discuss the unification of the Korean peninsula.

  • March 04, 1972

    Report by Etre Sándor, 'Korean opinion on various current issues'

    A report by Etre Sandor on a conversation between Pak Seong-cheol and Frigyes Puja regarding Nixon’s visit to China, Chinese-North Korean-Soviet relations, and the situation inside North Korea.

  • April 19, 1972

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

    Pak Seong-cheol tells his Hungarian colleagues that the Park Chung Hee regime is facing crises internally as well as externally.

  • May 31, 1972

    Conversation between Park Chung Hee and Pak Seong-cheol

    Park Chung Hee and Pak Seong-cheol discuss their commitment to the three principles of Korean unification, the need to create an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect, and the importance of resolving humanitarian issues through Red Cross meetings at Panmunjeom in order to encourage progress in higher-level discussions.

  • October 19, 1972

    Information concerning the First Conference of the Committee on Regulation of the Issues between North and South Korea and the Announcement of Martial Law in South Korea

    Kim Jaebeon discusses the first conference of the co-chairs of the Committee on regulation of the issues between North and South Korea and the announcement of "martial law" in South Korea, deemed successful by the DPRK in its challenge against the South in regards to reunification and its anti-communist rhetoric.

  • October 23, 1972

    Note on Information Given by the 1st Deputy Foreign Minister of the DPRK, Comrade Kim Jae-bong, on 19 October 1972 in the DPRK Foreign Ministry for the Embassies of Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Mongolia, and the GDR

    Kim Jae-bong briefs communist diplomats about a meeting between the co-chairmen of the North-South Coordinating Committee and the declaration of emergency and martial law in South Korea.

  • December 06, 1972

    Letters between Ahmet H. Ozbudun and C.V. Narasimhan

    Ozbudun sends Narasimhan a letter reporting on North-South Co-ordinating Committee, forthcoming elections, and next session of UNCURK.

  • January 16, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No.061.009

    Lazar describes setbacks in inter-Korean cooperation following South Korea's hostile attitude towards North Korea. The author obvserves that DPRK is irked by President Park's growing cult of personality home and abroad.

  • March 09, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, No. 061077

    Lazar reports on the tense 3rd meeting of the South-North Coordination Committee but expects the meeting to conclude with a reaffirmation of inter-Korean cooperation.

  • March 17, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, No. 061084

    Lazar discusses the stalling inter-Korean negotiations and blames the overly cautious attitude of the South and the ‘all or nothing’ strategy of the North. He also notes that the North Koreans are buying time until the US disengages from the peninsula to ensure a position of superiority.

  • March 31, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang, No.061.087, Urgent, SECRET

    Popa discusses active North Korean attempts to eliminate military confrontation in the North-South Coordination Committee and points to South Korean engagement in duplicitous actions by both suing for peace and preparing for war.

  • August, 1973

    Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Note, No. 01/010124/73, Secret

    The document outlines Romania's position regarding the issue of unification of the Korean Peninsula. After a summary of inter-Korean negotiations thus far, the report concludes that the two Koreas are moving very slowly because both sides are attempting to gain advantage over the other. Nonetheless, Romania declares its firm support of the DPRK.

  • March 17, 1978

    TELEGRAM 038.589 from the Romanian Embassy in Islamabad to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Pak Seong-cheol's visit to Pakistan is carried out to recruit new supporters on the reunification issue and prevent Pakistan from establishing relations with the ROK.

  • April 07, 1978

    Hungarian Embassy in Pakistan, Report, 'The visit of DPRK Vice-President Pak Seong-cheol in Pakistan'

    Pak Seong-cheol seeks Pakistan's support for North Korea's position on Korean unification, while Pakistan wants trade and arms shipments.

  • June 30, 1978

    TELEGRAM 032.460 from the Romanian Embassy in Damascus to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Romanian Embassy in Damascus reports on Pak Seong-cheol's plan to visit Syria.

  • December 12, 1978

    TELEGRAM 067.069 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Iraqi government agrees to grant the DPRK an interest-free loan worth $50 million.

  • January 20, 1980

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, January 12, 1980, 057016, Secret

    A description of North Korea's economic and industrial growth and its viewpoint on the assassination of South Korean President Park Chung Hee.

  • October 13, 1980

    Telegram from the Hungarian Embassy in Pyongyang, 'The visit of Comrade Méhes at Pak Seong-cheol'

    Telegraph on the visit of Comrade Mehes at Pak Seong-cheol, expressing appreciation for Hungarian contribution to DPRK so far and hope that the nations around the world will welcome and support the unification proposals

  • March 05, 1983

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Report, 5 March 1983. Subject: The DPRK’s activities before the 7th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement.

    Sándor Etre summarizes North Korea's diplomatic activity in the lead up to the 7th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in New Delhi.