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  • October 31, 1973

    Conversation with the Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV)

    Conversation between GDR Ambassador to the DPRK Everhartz and the DRV Ambassador Comrade Le Dong addressing the personality cult in the DPRK, changes of cadres in the DPRK, issues of the peaceful reunification of the country and the economic situation in the DPRK.

  • January 09, 1974

    Conversation between Comrade V. V. Samoilov and Comrade Stark

    Comrade Samoilov informs Second Secretary Stark about the DPRK’s foreign trade, particularly about the development of economic relations and the trade volume between the DPRK and the PRC.

  • April 14, 1976

    Telegram from Washington to Bucharest, SECRET, Regular, No. 083.895

    The Embassy of Romania in Washington, D.C., conveys the remarks of Robert Martens, Head of Regional Affairs within the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs from the Department of State, on developments in Korea.

  • May 13, 1976

    Report from the GDR Embassy in the USSR, “Note about a Conversation between Comrade Bauer and Comrade Basmanov, Deputy Head of the 1st Far Eastern Department of the USSR Foreign Ministry, on 10 May, 1976.”

    Summary of a conversation between Comrade Bauer and Comrade Basmanov addressing the personality cult in the DPRK, the socialist development in the DPRK, the DPRK’s economy, the relationship between the Soviet Union and the DPRK. Basmanov, furthermore, compared the DPRK’s relationship with the Soviet Union to its relationship with the PRC.

  • August 31, 1976

    Report on the ‘Axe Murder Incident’ from the GDR Embassy in North Korea

    Report on the killing of two American officers in the Joint Security Area. Ambassador Steinhofer states that this incident is a testimony of the tense situation that exists between the two sides and he provides an analysis of what the implications of this incident are.

  • April 13, 1977

    Telegram 066567 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang reports to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the discussion of bilateral relations between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, especially regarding the expansion of trade and technological cooperation.

  • May 31, 1977

    Telegram 066623 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang reports to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the efforts of Poland and other European socialist countries to befriend and include the DPRK in the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance.

  • 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.

  • January 21, 1978

    TELEGRAM 066.521 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang reports on North Korea's requests for equipment and technical assistance from Czechoslovakia.

  • February 23, 1978

    TELEGRAM 016.560 from the Romanian Embassy in Bangui to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Central African Empire is balancing between North and South Korea to gain as much economic support as possible.

  • May, 1978

    The Overseas Visits of the Delegations of the North Korean Puppets (Analysis)

    An analytical report on the overseas visit of the delegations of North Korea.

  • May 24, 1978

    TELEGRAM 075.345 from the Romanian Embassy in Tehran to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A report on Gang Ryang-uk's recent visit to Iran and comparing relations between Iran and South Korea and Iran and North Korea.

  • June 28, 1978

    Telegram to the Minister of Foreign Affairs from the Ambassador in Finland, “Report on Dialogue with Vainiomaki, Ex-Commercial Attaché in Pyongyang”

    A summarized report of dialogue with Finnish Ex-Commercial Attache in Pyongyang, who describes North Korea's military schemes, Kim Jong Il's car accident, and an agreement between North Korea and Finland for dispatching skilled engineers to help construct a pulp factory in North Korea.

  • December 11, 1978

    Telegram to Ministers of Commerce and Industry and Energy and Resources from the Minister of Foreign Affairs

    Bby presenting evidence on North Korea's penetration into trade markets in Central and South America, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea urges the Ministries of Commerce and Industry and of Energy and Resources to establish plans for overseas trade activities and for obtaining foreign natural resources for year 1979.

  • December 12, 1978

    TELEGRAM 067.069 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Iraqi government agrees to grant the DPRK an interest-free loan worth $50 million.

  • February 23, 1979

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

    The Hungarian Ambassador in North Korea reports on the construction of the Kori Nuclear Power Plant in South Korea, highlighting that South Korea's projected power output would eventually surpass North Korea's by three-fold. As a result, North Korea was anxious to build its own nuclear power plant and perhaps even an atomic bomb.

  • April 19, 1979

    Telegram to the Minister of Foreign Affairs from the Director of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency, “Document regarding Forecasts on the North Korean Puppets' Foreign Loans from Western Countries and Its Redemption"

    An analysis on North Korea's foreign loan situation in the 1970, including the scale of foreign loans, causes of debt accumulation, and forecasts on North Korea's redemption policy.

  • March 12, 1981

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

    The Soviet Union continues talks with the DPRK regarding economic issues. The Soviet Union extends North Korea's credit, yet continues to defer the construction of the repeatedly requested power plant. Sino-Korean relations are also criticized.

  • June 01, 1984

    Memorandum of Conversation between Erich Honecker and Kim Il Sung

    Summary of the conversation between Erich Honecker and Kim Il Sung on 1 June 1984. Conversation concerning economic cooperation between North Korea and East Germany, and the expansion of relations to include African countries.

  • January 04, 1985

    Information from Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Peter Mladenov to the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party

    Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Peter Mladenov reports on North Korean Foreign Minister, Kim Yeong-nam's visit and discussion with Todor Zhivkov, concerning North Korea's "South-South" initiative for economic cooperation between developing countries.