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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • November 17, 1977

    On Relations between DPRK and PRC

    A comprehensive assessment of Sino-North Korean relations written by the Embassy of the German Democratic Republic in North Korea.

  • November 21, 1977

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

    Soviet-DPRK delegations meet, but agree to not discuss North Korea's economic problems repaying the Soviet Union, or the Soviet Union's refusal to supply a nuclear power plant to North Korea.

  • December 01, 1977

    Agreement between the Soviet KGB and Czechoslovak Ministry of the Interior from the summer of 1978 to 1980

    In order to combat the perceived threat of hostile, foreign special agents operating on Soviet and Czechoslovak territory, the two parties agree to centralize their efforts to ensure the security of the two countries. In order to counter the special agents of capitalist countries and preserve the security of state secrets, the two parties decide to exchange counter-intelligence activity on subversive activity in Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union and other socialist states. The two parties agree to focus on citizens of capitalist countries such as the United States, England, France and other NATO member nations and citizens of the People's Republic of China and the German Democratic Republic in their intelligence efforts. Specifically, the parties agree to monitor citizens of these countries working in Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union and people working for representative agencies of the aforementioned countries. Also being monitored are Czechoslovak and Soviet citizens returning from capitalist or developing countries, corresponding with people in capitalist countries and having an address in a capitalist country. In conclusion, the KGB and Czechoslovak Interior Ministry agree to regular, bilateral exchange of information on hostile residents of both countries who are thought to be in the employ of the special intelligence services of NATO countries and China.

  • December 05, 1977

    Cooperation agreement between the state security schools of the Soviet Union and Czechoslovak Socialist Republic

    The two schools agree to bilateral consultations regarding training content and internships for cadets and to share teaching materials, teachers, recorded lectures and film. Both educational institutions pledge to work together to determine a common plan for each school year. This agreement also mentions the Soviet Red Banner distinction.

  • December 07, 1977

    Memorandum of Conversation, East German Official with Soviet Ambassador to Ethiopia Ratanov

    The memo details a conversation between Ratanov and an East German official. The talk covered the ongoing war with Somalia and the internal political situation of Ethiopia

  • December 11, 1977

    Telegram from Romanian Embassy in Vienna to Deputy Minister Vasile Gliga and Cornel Mihulecea, 'Regarding: the new working principles regarding the IAEA’s technical assistance program'

    The IAEA committee for technical assistance discusses new principles and rules regarding the agency’s assistance to promote the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

  • December 13, 1977

    Memorandum of Conversation between Raúl Castro and Samora Machel

    Raúl Castro was Cuba’s minister of defense; Samora Machel was the president of Mozambique.

  • December 13, 1977

    Report on the Official Friendship Visit to the DPRK by the Party and State Delegation of the GDR, led by Comrade Erich Honecker

    Report on the official visit to the DPRK of a GDR delegation led by Erich Honecker. Included are the summary of the visit and the text of the Agreement on Developing Economic and Scientific/Technical Cooperation.

  • December 15, 1977

    Telegram 085579 from the Romanian Embassy in Washington, DC, to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    U.S.-Korea relations are marred by concerns over the withdrawal of American troops from the ROK, human rights in South Korea, and the Koreagate scandal.

  • December 15, 1977

    The Official Visit of the GDR Party and State Delegation led by Erich Honecker to the DPRK

    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang reports to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the official visit of the GDR party and state delegation led by Erich Honecker to the DPRK. A recurring theme is the DPRK's commitment to the solidarity of the international Communist movement, and its reluctance to discuss international issues. The DPRK emphasizes bilateral relations, good relationships with both the Soviet Union and the PRC, and agrees to develop economic cooperation with the GDR.

  • December 23, 1977

    Intelligence Note, Polish Embassy in Bucharest, 'The Current Status of Romania-PRC Relations'

    Report from the Polish Embassy in Romania on the current status of Romania-Chinese relations. The report concludes that "friendship with China remains a permanent element in the strategy of the Romanian foreign policy" as this relationship is " designed as a counterbalance for Romania in their relations with the Soviet Union and other countries of the socialist community." It predictions that relations will improve in the future.

  • December 27, 1977

    Letter from Sixth Directorate of Bulgarian State Security on KGB Support

    This document from the Sixth Directorate of Bulgarian State Security thanks “Soviet comrades” for their assistance in combating hostile propaganda against Bulgaria. It acknowledges the role of State Security in publishing articles in the Bulgarian media “exposing” RFE and RL, and refers to joint Soviet-Bulgarian operations against Western radios.

  • December 27, 1977

    Memorandum, 'Visit to Head Office, Mr. David Richardson, Liaison with the Rhodesian African National Council'

    Richardson describes a visit to Rhodesia and meeting with Bishop Muzurewa. Describes tribal factors that influence alliance formation among opposition groups in Rhodesia.

  • 1978

    Information from D. Stoyanov to T. Zhivkov on the Internal Situation and Foreign Policy of Ethiopia

    The Minister of Internal Affairs, Dimitar Stoyanov reports on the political situation in Ethiopia during the late 1970s. The economic hardship is pushing Mengistu’s government to accept Western aid, in addition to the support it is getting from the Soviet bloc. Mengistu also seems to be critical of the anti-Soviet policy of China.

  • 1978

    Instructions to the Soviet Ambassador in Kabul

    Strengthening the ideas of the April Revolution through increasing DRA and PDPA party ties to foster an intra-party democracy is the basis for an upcoming meeting between H. Amin and senior Soviet policy makers in Moscow.

  • 1978

    Bulgarian General Stoyanov Meets KGB Geneneral Bobkov to Discuss Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty

    Various counter-measures against RFE and RL were discussed in this meeting, including a possible international trial of the “committee” supporting RFE and RL.

  • January 06, 1978

    TELEGRAM 047.011 from the Romanian Embassy in Libreville to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    To counter South Korea's interactions with the Government of Gabon, the DPRK takes measures to increase its own exchanges with Gabon.

  • January 16, 1978

    British Foreign Office, 'Soviet Role in the Horn of Africa'

    Drawing upon British concerns with respect to their possible reaction to Moscow’s support for Ethiopia against Somalia’s aggression, the Foreign Office Planning Staff looks into the wider international implications of the conflict in the Horn.

  • January 18, 1978

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Telegram, 18 January 1978. Subject: Invitation to Zia ul-Haq to visit the DPRK.

    Pakistan denies Kim Il Sung's invitation for Zia ul-Haq to visit Pyongyang and explains that domestic developments will prevent ul-Haq from traveling abroad.

  • January 20, 1978

    TELEGRAM 066.519 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang reports on the planned visit of an East German delegation to Pyongyang.