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  • May, 1972

    Report on Fidel Castro’s Visit to Bulgaria and Bulgarian-Cuban relations

    The report details Bulgaria’s preparations for a Cuban delegation and the visit itself. The author offers both praise and criticism of Cuban leadership. There has been positive progress in Cuba in recent years, yet underlying problems remain (e.g. the economy lacks planning). The Bulgarian government devised the visit as an opportunity to teach the Cuban delegation about building state socialism. The report includes an overview of the Cuban delegations visit. Discussions during the visit involved Cuban economic growth and barriers, China, Romania’s non-interventionist policies, Nixon’s 1972 visit to Moscow, and economic and scientific cooperation (particularly between Bulgaria and Cuba).

  • May 04, 1972

    Conversation between Kim Il Sung and Lee Hu-rak

    Kim Il Sung presents his "Three Principles of National Reunification" as he and Lee Hu-rak debate whetherPak Seong-cheol's visit to Seoul should be preceded by a visit from Kim Yeong-ju.

  • May 10, 1972

    Telegram from the Northeast Asia Department, 'Handling of the Korea issue in the United Nations (Draft)'

    The Northeast Asia Department at the Japanese Foreign Ministry reports on the Korea question at the UN, inter-Korean relations, and political developments inside of the two Koreas.

  • May 15, 1972

    From the Journal of N.G. Sudarikov, 'Record of a Conversation with Kim Il Sung, General Secretary of the KWP CC and Chairman of the DPRK Cabinet of Ministers, 9 May 1972'

    Kim Il Sung credits the diplomatic achievements and economic development of North Korea for creating greater opposition and chaos in South Korea. He also broaches how the two Koreas have different opinions on family reunions.

  • May 17, 1972

    Report from Etre Sándor, 'The visit of Korean first secretary Kim Yun-gil'

    A report by Etre Sandor on the visit of North Korean First Secretary Kim Yun-gil and Hungary’s support for Korean reunification.

  • May 23, 1972

    North Asia Department No. 720035, 'Summary of (redacted)’s Debrief on North Korea following his Three-week Mission to North Korea from this Past mid-April'

    An unnamed Japanese individual reports on a visit to North Korea, commenting on the country's relations with China, the Soviet Union, Japan, and South Korea, the cult of personality, and the Korea question at the UN, among other issues.

  • May 25, 1972

    Report from Etre Sándor, 'Korean request about the 3rd point of the record''

    A report by Etre Sandor that records North Korea’s request to receive the full letter sent by the Chief Secretary of the South Korean Red Cross to Hungary.

  • May 31, 1972

    Conversation between Park Chung Hee and Pak Seong-cheol

    Park Chung Hee and Pak Seong-cheol discuss their commitment to the three principles of Korean unification, the need to create an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect, and the importance of resolving humanitarian issues through Red Cross meetings at Panmunjeom in order to encourage progress in higher-level discussions.

  • June 01, 1972

    Letter from General Marin Nicolsecu to Vasile Glinga

    Nicolescu is informing Glinga about a conversation he had with Lt. General A.A. Dementyev about a draft of a convention on the Unified Command structure of the Warsaw Pact.

  • June, 1972

    A. Ross Johnson and Arnold L. Horelick, 'Communist Political Succession'

    This 1972 RAND Report, prepared for the Department of State, describes possible alternative domestic and international “futures” and presents a framework for formation of U.S. policy toward post-Tito Yugoslavia. It includes appendices assessing Yugoslav developments and reviewing the history of U.S.-Yugoslav relations.

  • June 06, 1972

    Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Diplomatic Report No. 367/72, 'Romania, Israel and the Arabs'

    Since the Six-Day War, Romania has been the only communist state in diplomatic relations with Israel.

  • June 09, 1972

    Note: On Information from DPRK Deputy Foreign Minister, Comrade Ri Man-seok, on 8 June 1972 for the Ambassadors of the European Socialist Countries (except Albania)

    Ri Man-seok insists that North Korea is driving force behind the inter-Korean talks, while South Korea is resistant to their proposals for full and free exchanges between the two Koreas.

  • June 15, 1972

    Letter from Y. Andropov to Gen. A. Tzanev Thanking Him for Materials on Algeria, India and the Netherlands

  • June 19, 1972

    Report from Etre Sándor, 'Information from Comrade Sebestyén Jenő'

    A report by Etre Sandor on North Korea’s foreign relations with countries in Europe, the Soviet Union, the United States, and Japan.

  • June 22, 1972

    Memorandum Concerning the Results of a Meeting of Representatives of the Coordination Staff, RKR ["radio counterintelligence"] Services of the CSSR MVD and USSR KGB

    Signals intelligence cooperative meeting.

  • June 24, 1972

    Report from Kádas István, 'The visit of Korean ambassador Pak Gyeong-sun'

    A report by Kadas Istvan on a conversation with North Korean ambassador Pak Gyeong-sun about the US violation of the armistice treaty and inter-Korean relations.

  • July 01, 1972

    Report from Etre Sándor, 'Korean interest in the Hungarian visit of Rogers'

    A report by Etre Sandor describing the North Korean Foreign Affairs Vice Minister Ri Man-seok’s interest in the visit made by the US Secretary of State to Hungary.

  • July, 1972

    Information from Consultative Meeting about China July 3-5, 1972 on International Policy and Internal Situation of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) under Current Conditions

    A lengthy document that addresses several issues related to Communism and China. It covers such topics as Chinese foreign policy, Chinese and American relations, Maoism, Chinese policy regarding developing countries, capitalist countries and other socialist countries.

  • July 03, 1972

    East German Report on the Fifth Interkit Meeting in Prague, July 1972

    This East German report, issued after the Interkit meeting in Prague, addresses the domestic and foreign policies of China. It makes reference to internal conflicts destabilizing the Chinese leadership. China is said to be enhancing its military potential, especially in the area of missiles and nuclear weapons. Its aims in foreign policy are to acquire a leadership position in the so-called "Third World", to expand its relations with capitalist countries, to damage the unity of the Socialist bloc, and to obstruct the foreign relations of the Soviet Union. Considering the increase of influence of China on North Korea, Romania, and Vietnam, as well as on the Communist parties in Spain and Italy, the Socialist countries must improve their anti-Maoist propaganda efforts.

  • July 03, 1972

    Note from Etre Sandor, 'Reaction to Nixon's visit to Moscow'

    A request from Etre Sandor for the report on North Korea’s reaction to Nixon’s visit to Moscow.