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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • March 09, 1978

    Minutes of CPSU CC Politburo Meeting, 9 March 1978 (excerpt)

    The minutes focus on a meeting at which the Politburo is discussing a request by Siad Barre (leader of Somalia) to mediate the ongoing war with Ethiopia

  • March 11, 1978

    Paper by the Chairman of the North-South-Commission, Brandt, for the meeting in Mt. Pèlerin

    Chairman of the North-South-Commission Willy Brandt's paper for the meeting in Mt. Pèlerin. Brandt's paper stresses the importance of mutual interest of the attending countries and talks about the new "international order."

  • March 14, 1978

    TELEGRAM 031.589 from the Romanian Embassy in Dhaka to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Thr Romanian Embassy in Dhaka reports that Bangladesh supports the DPRK's position on reunification.

  • March 15, 1978

    TELEGRAM 066.598 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    High officials from North Korea visit African and Asian countries to strengthen the DPRK's stance on the reunification issue.

  • March 16, 1978

    Hungarian Embassy in Pakistan, Telegram, 16 March 1978. Subject: DPRK-Pakistani relations

    The Hungarian Embassy in Pakistan reports that the main purpose of the unofficial visit of Pak Seong-cheol to Pakistan was to dissuade the new leadership from changing its stance in the issue of Korean unification. Pakistan confirmed that the DPRK-Pakistan relation would remain friendly and requested arms support.

  • March 17, 1978

    Press Clippings from 'Helsingin Sanomat' and 'Ilta-Sanomat' concerning the North Korean Ambassador in Helsinki

    Finnish newspaper clippings on the arrival of a new North Korean ambassador following the smuggling scandal.

  • March 17, 1978

    TELEGRAM 038.589 from the Romanian Embassy in Islamabad to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Pak Seong-cheol's visit to Pakistan is carried out to recruit new supporters on the reunification issue and prevent Pakistan from establishing relations with the ROK.

  • March 29, 1978

    Protocol Guiding Cooperation between the Stasi and the KGB, 1978

    Agreement between the Stasi and KGB outlining the placement of KGB liaison officers and their responsibilities, as well as granting the KGB the right to recruit East German citizens for intelligence work.

  • March 30, 1978

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Telegram, 30 March 1978. Subject: DPRK-Pakistani relations.

    The Pakistani ambassador informs the Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK that Zia ul-Haq will pay a visit to Pyongyang soon.

  • April 03, 1978

    TELEGRAM 066.609 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Gang Ryang-uk and Indian Prime Minister Morarji Desai meet but fail to reach a consensus on Korean unification and the Kashmir issue.

  • April 03, 1978

    Soviet Foreign Ministry Background Report on Soviet-Ethiopian Relations

    The report covers all aspect of relations between Ethiopia and the Soviet Union from 1974 onwards. It focuses on forms of cooperation and support for the country during its war with Somalia

  • April 03, 1978

    Soviet Foreign Ministry and CPSU CC International Department Background Report on the Somali-Ethiopian Conflict

    The report provides a general background regarding the war between Somalia and Ethiopia. It covers all aspects of the conflict including outside support for both countries from the Soviet Union, Cuba, and the United States.

  • April 04, 1978

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

    According to the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang, South Koreans are unhappy that the US intervenes in the internal affairs of the ROK.

  • April 04, 1978

    Note of Audience of N. Ceausescu with the Ambassador of DRPK in Bucharest

    The North Korean ambassador conveys to N. Ceausescu a gratitude message from Kim Il Sung regarding the Romanian leader’s willingness to discuss the Korean problem during his visit in the United States.

  • April 04, 1978

    Memorandum on Soviet Reaction to Libyan Proposal on Somali-Ethiopian Conflict

    A memo prepared by the SED on a Libyan proposal for a political settlement of the Somali-Ethiopian war

  • April 06, 1978

    TELEGRAM 075.205 from the Romanian Embassy in Tehran to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Ri Yong-ho informs Alexandru about DPRK's competition with the ROK in Iran and other efforts to block the ROK from becoming closer to other socialist countries.

  • April 07, 1978

    Hungarian Embassy in Pakistan, Report, 'The visit of DPRK Vice-President Pak Seong-cheol in Pakistan'

    Pak Seong-cheol seeks Pakistan's support for North Korea's position on Korean unification, while Pakistan wants trade and arms shipments.

  • April 07, 1978

    Council of Ministers of the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic, No. 16-115, to MCP Central Committee, 'Consolidating the Technical-Material Base of TV-Radio Broadcasting in Moldovia'

    Instructions from the Moldavian Council of Ministers for improving tv and radio broadcasting in Moldavia. Instructions were also given to various cultural organizations, print publishers, and border control units to be more watchful of nationalist propaganda entering Moldavia from Romania.

  • April 10, 1978

    Letter from the Representatives of Canada, France, Federal Republic of Germany, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America to the President of the UN Security Council on Proposed Resolution on Namibia

    Letter from Western powers delineating their plan for implementation of Security Council Resolution 365, on Namibian independence. Includes processes for holding elections, the creation of the United Nations Special Representative, and transition of power over to the government of Namibia.

  • April 13, 1978

    TELEGRAM 066.618 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang reports on recent exchange and future plans of exchange between DPRK and Soviet Union delegations.