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  • March 01, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, No. 061072

    The document discusses the political strategies of the two Koreas' and their respective visions of unification. The author notes that North Korea is reaching out to the world to shore up support for Pyongyang's vision.

  • March 02, 1973

    Excerpt from Minutes Nº 80 of the CPSU CC Politburo Meeting of 2 March 1973, 'A Representation to the British Government in connection with the Anti-Soviet Campaign around the Construction in London of a so-called “Memorial to the Victims of Katyn”'

    The CPSU Central Committee directs the Soviet Embassy in London to lodge further protests concerning the discussion and memorialization of the Katyn massacre in the UK.

  • March 05, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang, No.061.074, Urgent, SECRET

    Lazar describes an incident along the DMZ, where North Korean infiltrators shot South Korean troops.

  • March 06, 1973

    Cable from Nguyen Duy Trinh to the Politburo

    Foreign Minister of the DRV Nguyen Duy Trinh sent a cable to the Politburo to report on the meeting of all sides to approve and sign the peace treaty on March 1 and 2.

  • March 08, 1973

    Minutes of Conversation Taken on the Occasion of the Audience Granted by Comrade Nicolae Ceausescu to the Delegation of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea

    In a conversation with Nicolae Ceausescu, Kim Dong-gyu discusses the achievements of the 6-Year Plan, progress in North Korea's ideological and cultural revolution, and challenges facing Pyongyang's peaceful approach to unification. The North Korean delegation seeks Romanian help in raising some of the issues on the Korean Peninsula at the UN. In particular, Kim mentions the dismantlement of UN Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea as a key objective. Commenting on South Korea reaching out to socialist countries, Ceausescu suggests that communist countries should encourage this trend because it helps weaken the United States.

  • March 09, 1973

    Telegram from Bucharest to Peking, Ulaanbaatar, New Delhi, Islamabad, Djakarta, Tokyo, No. 02/01476

    Lazar notes the contrasting approaches of the two Koreas towards inter-Korean cooperation and discusses the China-US dialogue surrounding US troop withdrawal from South Korea.

  • 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 09, 1973

    Meeting of the COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee to Discuss Policy Guidelines and Struggle Goals of the South Vietnamese Revolution following the Implementation of the Paris Agreement

    Summary from a meeting of the COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee held on March 9 and 10, 1973, to discuss the situation in South Vietnam and lay out goals and strategies for the revolution following the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

  • March 15, 1973

    Record of Conversation between the Foreign Minister of North Korea and the First Secretary of the Mongolian People’s Republic

    The Foreign Minister of North Korea conveys Kim Il Sung's message to the Mongolian government and continues to explain North Korea's perspective of the Park Chung Hee regime in South Korea. Seeking Mongolian support for the DPRK's unification perspective, he adamantly opposes Mongolian endorsement of the ascension of two Koreas to the United Nations.

  • March 16, 1973

    Letter from Gen. A.Tzanev to E. Mielke with Acquired Intelligence Information

  • 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 20, 1973

    Tenth Meeting between Delegates of North Korea and South Korea

    The DPRK delegation informs the ROK delegation that North Korea agrees with holding inter-Korean discussions among high-level officials.

  • March 21, 1973

    Telegram from Bucharest to Pyongyang, SECRET, No. 02/01810

    Romanian officials describe disagreements between the South and North Korean delegations during the second session of the South-North Coordination Committee (SNCC).

  • March 21, 1973

    East German Ambassador in Mogadishu Herklotz, 'Note About a Conversation with the USSR Ambassador to the SDR [Somali Democratic Republic], Comrade A. Pasiutin, on March 15, 1973'

    The two ambassadors discuss relations between East and West Germany, as well as Somalia President Siad Barre's trip to visit Arab states.

  • March 22, 1973

    Eleventh Meeting Between Delegates from North Korea and South Korea

    The North and South Korean delegations discuss the details of the next inter-Korean meeting between high-level officials.

  • March 22, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang, No.061.087, Urgent, SECRET

    Popa reports on North Korean actions at the second North-South Coordination Committee to eliminate military confrontation and test Seoul's loyalty towards the cause of unification.

  • March 27, 1973

    COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee Lays Out Immediate Missions and A Number of Urgent Tasks After Two Months of Implementing the Paris Agreement

    Two months after the Paris Agreement and ceasefire, COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee issues a directive to address the precarious situation among all sides and lay out guidelines on urgent tasks to be carried out.

  • March 28, 1973

    Note On a Conversation with Comrade Kurbatov, 1st Secretary of the USSR Embassy, on 26 March 1973 in the USSR Embassy

    A note on PRC-DPRK relations, especially regarding the issues of Korean unification, China-North Korea border issues, and the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

  • March 30, 1973

    KGB Information No. 210 on Kim Philbey (aka Tom) Visit to Bulgaria

  • 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.