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  • October 28, 1969

    Internal Memorandum of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'Stay of North Korean businessmen'

    A memorandum notes that the proposal to allow a number of North Korean business representatives temporary yet effectively indefinite stay would require permission from the Justice Department, and proposes to initiate contact to this effect.

  • December 18, 1969

    Internal Memorandum of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'Trade relations with North Korea'

    The Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion decides not to reciprocate a visit to North Korea for the time being.

  • June 18, 1971

    Memorandum of Conversation of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'British inquiry about North Korean activities in the Netherlands'

    Memorizes a visit by the British Third Secretary of the Embassy. Having heard that North Korea was considering establishing a trade mission in the United Kingdom, the British were looking for information on similar initiatives elsewhere. The Ministry described the unsuccessful attempt a few years earlier, which was by now a thing of the past.

  • January, 1972

    Interchurch Peace Council (IKV) Internal Paper, 'The Power of Europe'

    This document provides an extensive analysis and critique of the balance of nuclear deterrence. Analysis includes objections to the balance of nuclear deterrence theory. This marks the first time that the IKV ever articulated such objections.

  • January, 1972

    Interchurch Peace Council (IKV) Internal Paper

    This is an IKV internal paper recollects the founding of the IKV in 1966. In addition, this document outlines the official mandate from the churches, its tasks and goals, as well as the Peace Weeks to be organized on an annual basis. Each Peace Week was to provide a new thematic accent concerning certain political or social issues prevalent to the IKV agenda.

  • March 14, 1972

    Report from Bartha János, 'Visit of the DPRK's ambassador'

    A report by Bartha Janos on the visit of North Korean ambassador Pak Gyeong-sun, discussing North Korea’s relations with Netherlands and Sweden.

  • June 15, 1972

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

  • 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 21, 1972

    Report from Kádas István, 'Information from Ambassador Pak Gyeong-sun [Pak Kyong-sun]'

    A report by Kadas Istvan on the conversation on submitting the Korean reunification issue to UN General Assembly and a visit made by a North Korean delegation to the Netherlands.

  • December, 1972

    Report from Várkonyi József 'The visit of Korean ambassador Pak Gyeong-sun'

    A report by Varkonyi Jozsef on the visit of North Korean ambassador Pak Gyeong-sun, regarding the Korean Commission of the UN and North Korea’s relations with the Netherlands.

  • March 09, 1973

    Cable from Dutch Embassy in Warsaw to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'North Korea'

    Reports that the Belgian Embassy Counsel received the North Korean Counsel in his home, where the latter noted the establishment of a North Korean information bureau in France and a trade bureau in Finland, and proposed a formal or informal visit to Brussels. The Belgian reply was noncommittal; the North Korean also announced his intention to visit the Dutch Embassy.

  • March 13, 1973

    Internal Memorandum of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'Contacts with North Korea'

    A memorandum from the Dutch Government which argues the benefits of opening informal contacts with North Korea.

  • March 14, 1973

    Cable from Dutch Embassy in Brussels to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'North Korea'

    Schmelzer states he would like to be informed of the Belgian government's reaction to the report of the Belgian Embassy Counsel in Warsaw's report on his informal meeting with the North Korean Counsel.

  • March 15, 1973

    Cable from Dutch Embassy in Brussels to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'North Korea'

    Van Schelle reports that pending the outcome of an investigation the Belgian government has told its Embassy in Warsaw to avoid further contacts with the North Koreans. Furthermore the Belgian Embassy in Bern will look into a presumable visit to Switzerland by a highly placed North Korean and possible motivation of the Swiss to establish a North Korean trade office. The Belgians have reiterated their restrictive standpoint and have no current intention to recognize North Korea

  • July 04, 1973

    Internal Memorandum of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'The UN and North Korea'

    The memorandum notes the Minister's intent to recognize North Korea no later than year's end, if possible. It agrees with the suggestion made in a departmental study that confidential consultations with those countries most involved would be good to get rid of UNCURK and the attached UN Command. It does note that (1) recognition should be postponed until some kind of basic agreement between the Koreas has come about; (2) getting rid of UN Command would create a difficult situation for those American troops still present, which should be addressed.

  • July 18, 1973

    Cable from Dutch Embassy in Warsaw to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'North Korea'

    Tengbergen reports an telephone call by the North Korean Embassy Counsel requesting to meet with him informally, which he declined.

  • July 20, 1973

    Internal Memorandum of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'Message from Warsaw dd 18 July, ref.no.12225 red'

    Brief note relaying that the July 18 message from Warsaw has been requested for viewing by the chief of the DKP department.

  • July 25, 1973

    Internal Memorandum of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'Visit by the North Korean Ambassador'

    The Hungarian representative has visited the Ministry relaying a request from the North Korean Ambassador in East-Berlin to visit the Netherlands in an unofficial capacity, most likely in relation to the upcoming U.N. debates about Korea. The memorandum asks the East Asia Department for its reply.

  • July 26, 1973

    Internal Memorandum of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'Visit by North Korean Ambassador'

    The East Asia Department replies to the previous memorandum stating the request should be refused because: (i) presently there are no official relations; (ii) the coming U.N. debate makes this extra sensitive for South Korea; (iii) Australia, fellow UNCURK member and closest to the Netherlands politically, recently refused a similar request; (iv) little new is to be expected from having a meeting; (v) it would be good to keep the initiative in establishing contacts with the North Koreans.

  • August 01, 1973

    Internal Memorandum of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'Visit by North Korean Ambassador'

    A Dutch Government memorandum weighs the issues and problems involved in opening up relations with North Korea.