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  • May 04, 1973

    Telegram from the First Directorate to Moscow, Budapest, Prague, Warsaw, Berlin, Tirana, Belgrade, Sofia, Beijing, Ulan Bator, Hanoi, Pyongyang, Havana, Analysis Division, No.01/04595

    A Romanian diplomat reports that socialist countries around the world have given their support to North Korea's demands to abolish the UN Commission for the Unification and Reconstruction of Korea. In addition, many socialist nations supported an end to all foreign intervention on the DPRK.

  • May 05, 1973

    Telegram from the First Directorate to Washington, DC, No.01/04493

    North Korea asks Romania to forward a letter to the president of the US Senate, Spiro T. Agnew, and separately, the Speaker of the House, Carl Albert. The letter, adopted by the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly, will request the US to withdraw its forces from the Korean Peninsula, terminate military aid to South Korea, and dismantle the UN Commission for the Unification and Reconstruction of Korea.

  • May 08, 1973

    Czechoslovak Record of Consultation of Eastern European Ambassadors in Beijing on the Situation in China

    This document argues that Chinese policy is determined by a negative attitude towards the Soviet Union, political campaigns, and persecution of the domestic opposition. The participants of the meeting identify two political blocs struggling for political power in China, and state that the role of the army to date remains unclear.

  • May 09, 1973

    Letter, Bureau de Liaison des Forces Centristes Sud-Vietnamiennes to the Secretary General

    The Bureau de Liaison des Forces Centristes Sud-Vietnamiennes transmits to the Secretary General a note of the Republic of Vietnam's adherence to the Paris Peace Accords.

  • May 14, 1973

    Telegram from Beijing, No.059.484, Urgent, SECRET

    Pyongyang forwards ideas for exchange of commerce, people and goods between North and South Korea. These include bringing surplus labor in the South to work in North Korea, jointly creating irrigation system using North Korean expertise, etc. However, South Korea remains distrustful of the motives of North Korea.

  • May 21, 1973

    Sixth Interkit Meeting, Record of Meeting with Boris Ponomarev and Konstantin Katushev

    This record of a meeting with the secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), Boris Ponomarev, and with the secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU, Konstantin Katushev, addresses the anti-Soviet course adopted by Beijing. The discussion specifically refers to relations between China and the Communist parties of Albania, Romania, Australia, France, Italy, and New Zealand. The document also assesses the situation in Anwar el-Sadat's Egypt, in Hafez al-Assad's Syria, in Iraq, and in Yemen, the main idea being that the Socialist countries should support the development of progressive Arabic states.

  • May 21, 1973

    Sixth Interkit Meeting, Record of Meetings with Oleg Rakhmanin and Konstantin Katushev

    These are the records of two meetings on the occasion of the Sixth Interkit Meeting. The first of these involves a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), Oleg Rakhmanin, while the second is a meeting with the secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU, Konstantin Katushev. Both address relations between China and the Soviet Union. The documents discuss the Sino-Soviet border clashes, the Soviet security policy in the Far East and Siberia, and the position of countries such as Yugoslavia, Romania, and Albania, as well as the critical situation in Vietnam and Cambodia.

  • May 22, 1973

    Hungarian Politburo Resolution on Fight against 'Hostile Propaganda'

  • May 22, 1973

    Hungarian Central Committee Report on Fight against 'Hostile Propaganda'

    This Central Committee report to the Hungarian Politburo reviews efforts of Party and government organs to analyze Western broadcasting and other information programs targeted on Hungary. The report indicates the extent of the resources devoted to analyzing "hostile" information programs, criticizes as inadequate the efforts to counter "hostile propaganda" claiming to "improve socialism," and urges better coordination of counterpropaganda. The resolution of the Politburo accepting the report follows. This resolution, adopted on May 22, 1973, was declared invalid ten years later by a resolution made on October 11, 1983.

  • May 25, 1973

    COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee Issues Information Bulletin No. 06/TT 73 on the Le Duc Tho-Kissinger Talks (17 to 22 May 1973)

    The COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee report on steps to be taken against the United States.

  • June 04, 1973

    Minutes of Conversation between the Shah and Nicolae Ceaușescu, Bucharest

    Describes conversation between Nicolae Ceausescu and the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi about the influence of events in the Middle East on the rest of Europe because of oil. The Shah suggests detente as a world policy.

  • June 05, 1973

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai, Le Duan, Pham Van Dong and Le Thanh Nghi

    The role of China and Vietnam in the Cambodian revolution; also a discussion on the current situation in South Vietnam.

  • June 06, 1973

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai, Le Duan, Pham Van Dong and Le Thanh Nghi

    Le Duan asks Zhou Enlai for Chinese help in building industry and infrastructure, as per a previous agreement between China and Vietnam.

  • June 06, 1973

    Telex from Ambassador Pauls, Beijing, to Foreign Office

    Ambassador Pauls reports a conversation with Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Qiao Guanhua about the possibility of a Soviet attack on China and Chinese "Second strike capability."

  • June 07, 1973

    Telegram from Washington, DC, No.084.504, Urgent, SECRET

    Romanian official in the US warns Bucharest that relaying the letter from the DPRK to US public officials in the manner requested by Pyongyang may damage Romanian relations with the US. The official recommends a more normal procedure recommended to him by US officials and suggests convincing the North Koreans to follow a different method of sending its message to US congress.

  • June 07, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, Regular, No. 061.224

    Popa notes the rift between the two Koreas since the North-South joint declaration in 1972 as Seoul considers North Korea's attempts to join organizations where South Korea is already a member as a means to undermine its authority.

  • June 15, 1973

    Excerpts from a record of a meeting between Soviet journalist, Victor Louis, and General Director of the Prime Minister’s Office, Mordechai Gazit

    Record of a meeting between Mordechai Gazit (MG), General Director of the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, and Victor Louis (VL), a Soviet journalist. The meeting was held the week before a summit meeting between Richard Nixon and Leonid Brezhnev. The two discussed the immigration of Jews from the Soviet Union and the low state of Israeli-Soviet relations.

  • June 16, 1973

    Telegram to Pyongyang from First Directorate, SECRET, No. 01/08463, Flash

    Romanian officials relay the message from UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim regarding permanent observers from the DPRK to the UN. The telegram notes that Waldheim will offer his support to the North Korean observers and that obtaining visas to the US will not be difficult.

  • June 16, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang, No.061.238, Urgent, SECRET

    Romanian officials report on the third session of the North-South Coordination Committee (NSCC) in Seoul. Due to differences in each side's ideas on cross-border cooperation and the organization of NSCC, the meeting ended without notable accomplishments. Both sides blame each other for espousing two separate Koreas.

  • June 19, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang , No.061.240, Urgent, SECRET

    The North Koreans follow Romanian advice and allow the submission of their letter to Congress through the US State Department.