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  • June 26, 1950

    Top Secret Report on the Military Situation in South Korea from Shtykov to Comrade Zakharov

    Report from Shtykov to Zakharov detailing North Korean advances on the first day of the Korean War. Included is a list of conclusions drawn up by Shtykov regarding the conduct of Northern and Southern forces thus far.

  • June 27, 1950

    Statement by the President, Truman on Korea

    Truman's statement on the invasion of South Korea by North Korean forces.

  • June 28, 1950

    Telegram, Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C. to Deputy Foreign Minister Yeh, President Jiang, and Dean Chen

    Chinese Ambassador Wellington Koo states his opinion about dispatching troops to aid United Nation Army on the Korean War.

  • June 29, 1950

    Telegram, Ambassador Wellington Koo to Foreign Minister Yeh

    Chinese ambassador Koo states the talk with secretary general of the United Nations and American diplomat about dispatching troops to South Korea.

  • June 30, 1950

    From the Journal of A.A. Gromyko, 'Reception of US Ambassador Kirk, 29 June 1950'

    A.A. Gromyko delivers a statement on the start of the Korean War to U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union Kirk.

  • June 30, 1950

    Telegram, Shtykov to Cde. Gromyko

    A report from the Korean People's Army on events in the Korean War from June 25 through June 30, 1950.

  • July 01, 1950

    Ciphered Telegram No. 34691 from Feng Xi [Stalin] to Soviet Ambassador in Pyongyang Shtykov

    Reply from Stalin to Shtykov's telegram of July 1, 1950. Requests additional information on KPA plans and reaction to American internvention. Informs of intent to meet requests by Kim Il Sung for additional war materiel.

  • July 01, 1950

    Conversation between Indian Ambassador Kavalam Madhava Panikkar and Deputy Foreign Minister Zhang Hanfu

    Zhang Hanfu and K.M. Panikkar discuss the role of the United Nations in ending the conflict in Korea.

  • July 01, 1950

    Chinese Embassy, Seventh Army Division

    Records the number of military personnel.

  • July 01, 1950

    Ciphered telegram, Shtykov to Stalin on the Political Mood in North Korea

    Telegram from Shtykov to Stalin (copied to the Soviet leadership) describing the successes of KPA forces in the South. He also relays the concern of some of the DPRK cadre regarding American intervention.

  • July 05, 1950

    United Nations Security Council Resolution 84

  • July 13, 1950

    Ciphered telegram, Filippov (Stalin) to Zhou Enlai or Mao Zedong (via Roshchin)

    Telegram from Stalin to Mao and Zhou Enlai detailing his response to the English protest concerning "the Korean question." Also, a request for confirmation of Chinese troop movements to the Sino-Korea border, in case of a repulse of North Korean forces. Finally, a confirmation of the plans to train Chinese pilots on Soviet jets, to be followed by the transfer of the jets to Chinese possession.

  • July 17, 1950

    Decree No 18 of the DPRK Military Committee of 17 July 1950: The Food Situation in Seoul

    A DPRK military report on the occupation of Seoul during the Korean War.

  • July 20, 1950

    Incoming Cable No. 5773, T. Shtykov to Cde. A.A. Gromyko

    A long report on the economic situation in Korea during the first several weeks of the war.

  • August 11, 1950

    The Political Situation in Korea during the Period of Military Operations

    A report on the Korean War from June through August 1950, including discussions on the start of the conflict, news media in North and South Korea, the air war, and the North Korean occupation of Seoul.

  • September 02, 1950

    CPSU Politburo Decision on the Secret Archives of the Syngman Rhee Government

    Decision to entrust Vyshinsky to print in the Soviet press the documents found in the archives of the Syngman Rhee government, seized when the communists took Seoul.

  • September 02, 1950

    Incoming Cable No. 600081, Shtykov to Vyshinky

    Shtykov passes on a memorandum to Vyshinsky written by Syngman Rhee to Dr. Robert T. Oliver.

  • September 09, 1950

    National Security Council Report, NSC 81/1, "United States Courses of Action with Respect to Korea"

    The National Security Council reports to President Truman on possible US courses of action in resposne to the North Korean invasion of South Korea.

  • September 20, 1950

    Telegram from Zhou Enlai to Ni Zhiliang

    China approves of Kim Il Sung's idea of fighting a protracted war, and gives advice on military strategies that will make a protracted war possible.

  • September 23, 1950

    CPSU Politburo Decision to Adopt the Attached Draft Response

    Telegram telling Vyshinsky to inform Lancaster that Malik consented to a meeting with the assistant Ahesona or one of the American ambassadors, as suggested by Lancaster. Malik should listen to the State Department official and if it's evident that the Americans are taking a step forward towards a peaceful settlement of the Korean question, tell him that Malik should ponder the issues mentioned in the conversation.