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  • October 18, 1986

    Report on a Erich Honecker's visit to North Korea, October 1986

    During the meeting with Kim Il Sung, Honecker talked about economic deployment in the GDR and German foreign policy. Kim Il Sung explained Korea's economic problems and objectives, as well as Korea's external position. Treaties for economic cooperation were signed.

  • May 25, 1987

    Memorandum about the Discussion between Comrade Minister Mielke and the Deputy of the DPRK’s Minister of State Security, Colonel General Ch’oe Dwu Sen [sic], on May 25, 1987 in the MfS in Berlin

    A discussion about cooperation between the East German Stasi and North Korea's Ministry of State Security, including GDR aid to the DPRK.

  • September 24, 1987

    Procedure concerning Operative Advance Notification on Cross-Border Transit requested by DPRK Security Organs

    Stasi procedures for South Koreans transiting via East Germany for meetings with DPRK officials.

  • May 10, 1988

    Minutes of the Meeting between Kim Il Sung, Secretary General of the Korean Workers Party, and Comrade Günter Schabowski in Pyongyang on 10 May 1988

    Kim Il Sung apologizes for the North Korean trade shortfall and informed Schabowski of major flooding in 1986 and 1987. There was also talk of the approaching 13th World Games of Youth and Students.

  • May 16, 1988

    Report on a Trip to the DPRK by a Delegation from the GDR

    Report to the GDR Politburo on a trip to China, Mongolia and North Korea, by a member of the delegation, Günter Schabowski.

  • May 31, 1988

    Stasi Advance Notification and Instructions to Border Organs

    An individual example of a Stasi advance notification and instructions for a Korean transiting East Germany to meet with DPRK officials.

  • July 19, 1988

    Report on Visit of East German Military Delegation to North Korea

    Report on the visit of a GDR military delegation to North Korea. A conversation with Kim Il Sung is detailed and it is noted that the visit, culminating in an agreement on cooperation between ministries of defense, was a complete success

  • October 10, 1988

    Note about a Conversation with the DPRK Ambassador to the GDR, Comrade Pak Yeong-chan, on 10 October 1988 in Berlin

    DPRK Ambassador Pak Yeong-chan discusses Hungary's decision to recognize the South Korean government, East German-North Korean relations, and procedures for North Korean citizens traveling to West Berlin.

  • October 17, 1988

    Letter from the DPRK Embassy to the GDR to the Main Department for Consular Affairs, GDR Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The DPRK Embassy in East Germany seeks to establish procedures and permissions for Korean citizens traveling to West Berlin.

  • March 15, 1989

    Letter, Acting Minister for State Security of the DPRK, Kim Yong Ryong, to Minister for State Security of the German Democratic Republic, Comrade Erich Mielke

    North Korea's Acting Minister for State Security thanks Erich Mielke for East Germany's support for the DPRK intelligence services and describes an upcoming delegation scheduled to visit the GDR.

  • April 06, 1989

    Record of Meeting between Comrade Pak Yeong-chan and Comrade Vogel

    East German and North Korean officials discuss DPRK-GDR relations, the World Youth Festival in North Korea, and security procedures for Korean nationals in Berlin.

  • April 13, 1989

    Assistance for Entry and Exit

    An example of a Stasi document on two South Korean citizens transiting East Germany to travel to and from Pyongyang.

  • May 23, 1989

    Note on Meeting with Comrade Ri Jong-geun on 18 May 1989

    Ri Jong-geun announces that he will continue to act as a security liaison for the DPRK in East Germany and will maintain a portfolio covering all North Korean nationals living in the GDR.

  • May 24, 1989

    Note on Meeting with Comrade Ri Jong-geun on 24 May 1989

    Ri Jong-geun requests that East Germany provide the DPRK with information of Korean nationals in the GDR.

  • June 14, 1989

    Letter from the DPRK Embassy to the GDR to Main Department for Consular Affair, GDR Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The DPRK Embassy to the GDR thanks the GDR Ministry of Foreign Affairs for establishing border crossing procedures for Korean nationals in Germany.

  • August 01, 1989

    Letter from Vogel to Comrade Fiedler

    A follow up report on security procedures for Korean nationals in Germany.

  • August 10, 1989

    Exit by Aspirants/Interns and Students from the DPRK in the GDR

    A report on exit permits for North Korean nationals in East Germany.

  • September 27, 1989

    Note on Meeting with Comrade Ri Jong-geun on 27 September 1989

    Ri Jong-geun follows up on East German-North Korean cooperation in managing North Korean nationals living in Germany.