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  • June 25, 1973

    Telegram from Beijing, No.059.658, Urgent, SECRET

    Romanian official comments on statements made by Premier Zhou Enlai that appeared on China's Renmin Ribao. The official notes that Zhou does not condition Sino-American relations on US withdrawal from South Korea, Taiwan and South Vietnam. In fact, the official comments how Taiwan is overlooked and withdrawal of US troops from Korea is characterized as a request from Kim Il Sung.

  • June 26, 1973

    Telegram from Washington, DC, No.084.605, Urgent, SECRET

    Romanian officials in Washington report that they submitted the letter from the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, intended for the US congress, to the US State Department. The US official in contact with the Romanians described North Korea's attitudes towards the joint accession of the two Koreas to the UN as unrealistic.

  • June 29, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang, No.061.253, Urgent, SECRET

    North Korean officials blame pressure from Japan and the US as reasons why South Korean representatives are not receptive to the North's proposals in the North-South Coordination Committee meetings. The official believes that Seoul is attempting to slow down negotiations with Pyongyang because South Korea is unstable. Pyongyang worries that Seoul's plan for joint accession to the US will enshrine the division on the peninsula.

  • June 30, 1973

    COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee Guidance on Stepping up Struggle Activities Demanding that the U.S. and the Puppets Implement our Post-Paris Agreement Proposals

    Upon submitting a Post-Paris Agreement proposal at the negotiating table with the U.S. and the DRV, the COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee issues an announcement that requests all levels of command and all branches to launch another struggle phase focusing on three urgent issues: ceasefire; exchange of detained civilian personnel; and guaranteeing the right to freedom and democracy.

  • July, 1973

    Possible Ideas for the Introduction of a Submission in the Politburo

    A report on Stage I of the CSCE prepared for the SED Politburo.

  • July 03, 1973

    Notes on a conversation between the GDR and FRG Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Otto Winzer and Walter Scheel, on 3 July 1973

    Notes on a conversation between the GDR and FRG foreign ministers on inter-German relations and the CSCE negotiations.

  • July 07, 1973

    Notes of a Conversation between Comrade Winzer and the Foreign Minister of the FRG, Walter Scheel, on 7 July 1973, 11:50 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Finlandia Hall

    Notes of a conversation between GDR and FRG foreign ministers discussing their first meeting and future relations between the GDR and FRG.

  • July 07, 1973

    Message from the President of Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kim Il Sung, to the President of the [Socialist Federal] Republic [of Yugoslavia], Josip Broz Tito

    Kim Il Sung asks President Tito to support the North Korean government’s efforts for the peaceful unification of the Peninsula.

  • July 07, 1973

    Letter from Kim Il Sung to Enver Hoxha

    Kim Il Sung emphasizes the history of Korea as one single country and lays out a five point program for the peaceful reunification. He, moreover, addresses the issue of admission to the UN and underscores that only a united Korea should become a member of this organization.

  • July 09, 1973

    Report by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union on China's Policy toward Western Europe and Opposition against the CSCE

    This document contains information prepared by the Central Committee (CC) of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) on China's European policy and Chinese opposition to the convocation of a Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE). It states that China's overall goals are diametrically opposed to those of the European Socialist countries and their Communist parties, with Beijing identifying the Soviet Union as its primary enemy. In this light, the Soviet leadership maintains that actively confronting China in ideological and political terms remains one of the most important tasks of the Warsaw Pact countries.

  • July 16, 1973

    On the Visit of a PRP Party and Parliamentary Delegation to the DPRK

    The East German Embassy in Warsaw reports on the improvement in relations between North Korea and China after the Cultural Revolution.

  • July 18, 1973

    Preparatory Materials for East German Protest Against the Intended Establishment of a Chinese Trade Representation in West Berlin

    These documents are related to East Germany's protest against the intended establishment of a Chinese trade representation in West Berlin. The East German Ministry of Foreign Affairs stresses that West Berlin cannot be regarded as part of West Germany. Therefore, by initiating diplomatic relations with West Berlin without considering the existence of the internationally acknowledged Four Power Agreement on Berlin between the US, Britain, France, and the Soviet Union, China is deliberately acting against the interests of East Germany.

  • July 18, 1973

    Letter from the Deputy Minister of the GDR Council of Ministers to Comrade Hermann Axen

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the GDR asks the PRC to comply with the status of West Berlin as part of the GDR.

  • July 22, 1973

    President Tito's Response to Kim Il Sung's Message of July 7, 1973

    Tito encourages bilateral relations between Yugoslavia and North Korea, and offers his support for the peaceful unification of the Korean Peninsula.

  • July 23, 1973

    Note On a Conversation with the Acting Hungarian Ambassador to the DPRK, Comrade Dr. Taraba, on 19 July 1973 in the Hungarian Embassy.

    Heo Dam briefs Dr. Taraba on South Korea's intention to apply for UN membership, North Korea's foreign relations with East and West Germany, and Kim Il Sung's new proposals on unification.

  • July 23, 1973

    Report for Minister Winzer's Office: The Course and the Results of the first phase of the European Security Conference, 23 July 1973

    An East German analysis of the first phase of the CSCE conference.

  • July 24, 1973

    Letter from Gen. D. Stoyanov to E. Mielke Regarding Acquired Intelligence Information

  • July 24, 1973

    Memo Report from Tiutiunnik, Chief of the Kiev-Sviatoshinskii District Department of the KGB Administration, to the Acting Director of the KGB Administration, Comrade G.I. Glushakov

    The document reports on the violation of technical regulations process at Chernobyl nuclear power plant construction.

  • July 31, 1973

    Telegram from New York to Bucharest, SECRET, No. 091.722, Normal

    Romanians note that the Chinese are worried about the possible vacuum left behind on the Korean Peninsula if the US withdraws from South Korea. The telegram notes that the Chinese will not oppose continued US presence in South Korea even after the dissolution of the UN Commission for Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea.

  • August, 1973

    Taiwanese Response to the IOC Concerning the PRC’s Application, 'Referring PRC’s Application [sic]'

    Taiwanese sports officials complain in response to the People's Republic of China's application to join the Asian Games Federation. The PRC sought to be recognized as the sole representative of "China," effectively ejecting the Republic of China from the organization. The Taiwanese officials sought to present Taiwan as an independent country, which should be permitted to participate alongside the PRC in the Asian Games.