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  • June 21, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 21 June 1957

    Puzanov and M. P. Tarasov discuss the USSR Supreme Soviet delegation's observations from its visit to the DPRK, advising Kim Il Sung on economic efficiency for industrial enterprises and corn production.

  • July 24, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 24 July 1957

    Puzanov and Choe Yong-geon discuss the printing of DPRK banknotes, trade between the USSR and DPRK, and the Soviet government's use of Korean workers to harvest timber.

  • August 10, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 10 August 1957

    Kim Il Sung and Puzanov discuss the use of corn for livestock feed, the need to mechanize DPRK agriculture, the city of Nampo and its industrial capabilities, and the startup of zinc production through Soviet aid in the non-ferrous metals industry.

  • August 20, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 20 August 1957

    Puzanov visits the construction site of a furniture factory built with USSR aid and comments on its production capacity and shortcomings. He also informs PRC Ambassador Qiao Xiaoguang of Soviet feedback on the DPRK's draft five-year plan and the internal political situation of the KWP leadership.

  • August 27, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 27 August 1957

    Nam Il informs Puzanov that the DPRK requests Soviet specialists to help with monetary reform and the abolition of the ration coupon system.

  • August 29, 1957

    Notes from a Conversation between the 1st Secretary of the PRL Embassy in the DPRK with the Counselor of the Embassy of the USSR, Comrade. Makarov on 27.VIII.1957

    Brzezinski Henryk and Comrade Makarov discuss North Korea's Five-Year Plan and the suggestions and assistance being offered by the Soviet Union and China.

  • August 31, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 31 August 1957

    Nam Il reports to Puzanov that the KWP Presidium approved all USSR suggestions on the DPRK's draft five-year plan. They go on to discuss the commissions that exist in the Soviet Union and plans for organizing DPRK commissions. At a luncheon later that day, Kim Il Sung reiterates his gratitude for USSR consultation on DPRK economic development with Puzanov reminding the DPRK of its trade obligations.

  • November 03, 1957

    Notes from a Conversation between the 1st Secretary of the PRL Embassy in the DPRK and Comrade Makarov, Counselor of the Embassy of the USSR on 11.III.1957

    Brzezinski Henryk and Comrade Makarov discuss the economic situation in the DPRK and reveal that the DPRK has abandoned a policy of self-reliance, which has led to industrial reforms and changes in agricultural production, as well as the preparation of the first 5-year plan.

  • November 13, 1957

    From the Journal of A. M. Puzanov, Record of a Conversation with Kim Il Sung

    Kim Il Sung describes a recent meeting with Mao Zedong, Peng Dehuai's "interference in the internal affairs" of the KWP, and his invitation for Mao to visit the DPRK, among other topics.

  • November 16, 1957

    Notes from a Conversation between the 1st Secretary of the PRL Embassy in the DPRK with Comr. Botsin, the Deputy Director of the Economic Office at the Embassy of the USSR

    The document features a conversation between Brzezinski Henryk and comrade Botsin regarding the economic situation in the DPRK for the 4th quarter of 1957. Comr. Botsin states that the basic problem of the Korean economy is a shortage of cotton, iron rod, and coking coal. He provides details regarding assistance from the Soviet Union.

  • November 26, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 26 November 1957

    Puzanov discusses the USSR's economic aid to the DPRK and the controversy surrounding Kim Seung-hwa with Fischer and Nam Il, respectively. Nam Il informs Puzanov of Kim Il Sung's report about the trip to Moscow for the celebration of Great October.

  • December 02, 1957

    Notes from a Conversation between the 1st Secretary of the PRL Embassy in the DPRK with Comrade Botsin, the Deputy Director of the Economic Office at the Embassy of the USSR,

    Brzezinski Henryk and Comrade Botsin discuss the North Korean economy, Soviet aid toward North Korea's industrialization, and the training of North Korean cadres and technicians.

  • January 13, 1958

    Notes from a Conversation between the 1st Secretary of the PRL Embassy in the DPRK with Go Hui-man, Director of the Industry Department of the CC, on 13.I.1958

    Brzezinski Henryk and Go Hwiman discuss the economic situation in North Korea.

  • May 15, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A. M. Puzanov for 15 May 1958

    Nam Il and Puzanov discuss a planned exhibit on the peaceful use of atomic energy in Pyongyang and a proposal for the construction of a Soviet industrial and agricultural exhibition in North Korea.

  • June 04, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A. M. Puzanov for 4 June 1958

    Surina agrees with Puzanov that the KWP CC is strengthening the solidarity and unity of Party ranks on the basis of Marxism-Leninism but is concerned that senior North Korean officials do not study the Russian language.

  • July 05, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A. M. Puzanov for 5 July 1958

    Puzanov visits an agricultural cooperative in South Pyeong-an Province and summarizes his discussions with Kim Il, Pak Geum-cheol, and Kim Chang-man about agriculture in the DPRK .

  • August 21, 1958

    Record of a Conversation with Deputy Chairman of the KWP CC Cde. Pak Jeong-ae

    V. Pelishenko recounts a meeting with Pak Jeong-ae in which the two discussed inter-Korean relations and North Korean economic planning.

  • 1959

    Schedule with the Delegates to the 21st Party Congress

    A schedule for discussion points pertaining to international affairs. North Korea requests for more weapons faster, economic assistance, and the negotiation of the release of Korean prisoners in Japan.

  • February 03, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 3 February 1960

    Soviet Ambassador Puzanov discusses rice and grain with Nam Il and inspects a new play written by Han Seol-ya with other Embassy officials.

  • February 15, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 15 February 1960

    A luncheon is held in connection with the 10th anniversary of the Soviet-Chinese treaty of friendship, alliance, and mutual aid.