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  • January 24, 1953

    Note from the Embassy of the Polish Republic in Korea

    A report on North Korea's preparations for war.

  • February 22, 1953

    Note from the Embassy of the Polish Republic in Korea

    The Polish embassy reports on enemy air raids against North Korea during February 1953.

  • July 03, 1953

    Telegram of the Soviet Chargé to the PRC to the Chairman of the USSR Council of Ministers

    After acknowledging Syngman Rhee's solitary role in blocking the passage of the armistice agreement, Peng Dehuai and Kim Il Sung draft a response to General Clark.

  • August 01, 1953

    Note from the Embassy of the Polish Republic in Korea about the Korean War Armistice

    A truce agreement for Korea is signed in Panmunjeom.

  • February 26, 1955

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

    Report from Pál Szarvas, Hungarian Ambassador to the DPRK, describing the seemingly purposeful efforts of the North Korean government to minimize the effectiveness of all foreign delegations in the DPRK. He also talks about the lack of transparency of the government towards not just foreign diplomats but the North Korean populace as well.

  • November 21, 1956

    Letter No. 28 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee praises South Vietnam's anti-communist exhibit and expresses his concern about the limitations of the Korean Armistice Agreement.

  • April 27, 1957

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

    Puzanov and Nam Il discuss the possibility of Soviet military advisers to North Korea. Then they talk about the guest list for a comradely lunch, the TASS statement, and Kim Il Sung's deteriorated health due to the stresses of party consolidation.

  • May 15, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 15 May 1957

    Kim Il Sung requests that Military Attaché General-Lieutenant D'yakonov and other Soviet military specialists meet often with North Korean higher command personnel.

  • March 11, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 11 March 1958

    Among other personal issues, Park Jeong-ae discusses the results of the Party conference and KWP CC Plenum, in which speeches regarding the draft of the first five-year plan were discussed, some ministries were criticized, and preparations for uprising of factionalist groups are discovered.

  • March 19, 1958

    A Report from Comrade Sluczanski based on a Telegram from Comrade Siedlecki regarding the Agenda of the March Conference

    Comrade Sluczanski outlines economic problems in North Korea and describes the state of the Korean Workers' Party, referencing the "August Group."

  • May 27, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A. M. Puzanov for 27 May 1958

    Kim Il Sung and the Soviet Military Attaché A. A. D'yakonov review North Korea's military preparations and foreign military relations.

  • 1959

    A Few Questions about the Details of the Worker's Party of Korea

    A detailed description of the economic progress of North Korea from before the war to after the war, the successes of the first five year plan including the growth statistics in areas such as electric power, coal, steel, cement, and fertilizer. The inner politics of the party is discussed, mentioning the growth of the party since the war, the demographic of the party (workers, peasants, white collar workers, and an ‘other’ section). Statistics of growth throughout the years with a section on non-card carrying members and what prevents them from being members. There is a section discussing the advantages and disadvantages of the union of the country and a promise of a better life given to the citizens living in the American-occupied south. The question section at the end that invokes elaboration on many of these topics.

  • February 07, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 7 February 1960

    Puzanov offers his opinion on Kim Chang-bong's claim that, without the Americans in South Korean, their motherland would be united in peace unjustifiable. Go Hui-man asserts that logging in Khabarovsk Kray is a profitable and economically sensible measure for the DPRK.

  • September 10, 1961

    Record of Conversation between Comrade Kim Il Sung and Comrade Deng Xiaoping

    Deng Xiaoping and Kim Il Sung discuss a range of issues, including agriculture in North Korea, Koreans in Japan, and the situation in South Korea.

  • December 02, 1963

    Positions of the Korean Workers Party Leadership on the Basic Issues of our Epoch

    The report discusses North Korea's relationship with China and the Soviet Union, North Korean foreign policy, North Korea's position on demoblization, Kim Il Sung's personality cult, and German reunification. The report also discusses worsening relations between North Korea and GDR.

  • April 21, 1964

    Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Report on Arming the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

    Recounting experiences with the North Korean navy and promises to add more officers to the Korean armed forces, discussion of arming North Korean for relations with the US-occupied south.

  • May 21, 1965

    Record of Conversation between Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Vasily Kuznetsov and the North Korean Ambassador to the Soviet Union Kim Byeong-jik

    On behalf of Kim Il Sung, Ambassador Kim Byeong-jik expresses thanks to the Soviet Union for their donation of weapons and military equipment in the amount of 150 million rubles.

  • May 22, 1965

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

    Romanian diplomat discuss with a Hungarian official the state of the North Korean economy in 1965.

  • December 15, 1965

    Cable, Ruo Jiaoyu and Li Qiang to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, 'Vice Premier Ri Ju-yeon's Discussion of War Materials'

    Ambassador Ruo Jiaoyu and Li Qiang summarize a meeting held with Ru Ju-yeon on China's provision of war materials to North Korea. The two countries reached a consensus that "[North] Korea’s support for the revolution in the South [Korea] is needed."

  • May 23, 1966

    Record of Conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK Comrade Pak Seong-cheol

    Pak Seong-cheol explains North Korea's military policies and stances toward reunification, Japan, and military relations with the Soviet Union.