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  • September 21, 1966

    General Vo Nguyen Giap’s Decision On North Korea’s Request to Send a Number of Pilots to Fight in Vietnam

    An excerpt from an official People’s Army of Vietnam historical publication describing a North Korean request to send an Air Force regiment to help defend North Vietnam against U.S. air attacks. The request was approved.

  • October 20, 1966

    Report, Embassy of Hungary in the Soviet Union to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    The Hungarian Embassy reports on North Korea's relations with the Soviet Union and China and Japan's foreign relations.

  • March 10, 1967

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

    A Hungarian report on the state of the Korean People's Army and the South Korean Army.

  • April 14, 1967

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No.73.130, TOP SECRET, April 14, 1967

    A report on the tensions provoked resulting from incidents near the 38th parallel.

  • April 15, 1967

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No.76.134, TOP SECRET, April 15, 1967

    An analysis of the causes of the incidents on the 38th parallel by delegates to the Neutral Nations Supervisory Comission.

  • April 18, 1967

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No.76137, TOP SECRET, April 18, 1967

    The remarks of a Vietnamese diplomat on the incidents between South and North Korea, who explains that the South and North exploit tensions for their own political agendas.

  • May 08, 1967

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

    A report on Romanian, Czech, and Hungarian views of the Korean People's Army, military relations between North Korea and the Soviet Union, and North Korea's military policy.

  • November 25, 1967

    Report, Embassy of Hungary in the Soviet Union to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    The Hungarian Embassy in the Soviet Union reports that Sino-Korean relations continue to deteriorate, along with the capabilities of the Korean People's Army.

  • December 08, 1967

    Letter from Ambassador Brie of the GDR in the DPRK to Deputy MFA Hegen

    East German Ambassador to North Korea Horst Brie reports on the growing number of incidents at the Demilitarized Zone between North Korean forces and South Korean and U.S. forces. Brie offers his own analysis of the military situation in Korea while highlighting the different views of officials from Czechoslovakia and Poland.

  • February 04, 1968

    Lt. Col. J. Załuska, 'Record: Information received from Military Attaché Col. Goch (CSSR)'

    North Korean factories can be switched to military production at any time. Most of the factories were located underground.

  • February 15, 1968

    Report from East German Ambassador to North Korea, 'Some Aspects of the Political Line of the Korean Workers’ Party after the January Events

    Ambassador Holub analyzes the historical context underlying North Korea's military adventurism in 1968.

  • March 04, 1968

    GDR Embassy Letter to State Secretary Hegen

    A wide-ranging report written by the East German Ambassador on the USS Pueblo Incident, inter-Korean relations, North Korean military and defense policies, the juche ideology, economic development in the DPRK, and North Korea's foreign relations.

  • May 06, 1968

    Record of Conversation between Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR Aleksei Kosygin and North Korean Ambassador in the USSR Jeong Du-hwan

    DPRK diplomat, Jeong Du-hwan expresses his satisfaction about the mutual relationship between the DPRK and the Soviet Union. He discusses the Pueblo incident, and remarks on the increased tension on the Korean peninsula and in the far east. A.N. Kosgygin describes in frank detail, the continuous economic co-operation that the Soviet Union has with the DPRK.

  • June 03, 1968

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

    Report from meeting of Hungarian and Romanian ambassadors with head of National Liberation Front of South Vietnam. The NLF comments on the balance of power on the peninsula, and the modernization of the DPRK armed forces.

  • October 03, 1968

    Letter, William B. Buffum to Mr. Liu Chieh containing "Report of the United Nations Command to the United Nations"

    A letter from William Buffum containing a report on the continuation of serious North Korean violations of the Armistice Agreement.

  • March 16, 1973

    ROK Foreign Ministry, "An Incident of Armed Agents Infiltration"

    A confidential note by the Secretariat on an incident of armes agents infiltration on March 4, 1973 and a shooting incident along the Military Demarcation Line on March 7, 1973.

  • April 12, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang, SECRET, No.061.121, Urgent

    A Romanian diplomat reports on the second session of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly. The meeting focused on increasing the state budget to accomplish the 6-year plan with particular focus on heavy industry, machinery, raw material extraction, and energy production. The meeting also noted the need to increase the standard of living for the North Korean people. Nonetheless, no mention was made on collaborating with the outside world for economic and technological cooperation.

  • August 30, 1973

    Letter, Melih Ercin to His Excellency Kurt Waldheim containing 'Report of the United Nations Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea'

    A report of the United Nations Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea, covering the period from 19 August 1972 through 30 August 1973.

  • October 22, 1973

    Note on Conversation with Comrade Denisov, Counselor at USSR Embassy, on 12 October 1973 in the GDR Embassy

    A note on conversation covering North Korea's unification policy, a change of Kim Il Sung's personal adviser, the relationship between North Korea and Syria, and the importation of grains from Soviet Union.

  • November 22, 1973

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

    Diplomats of the Soviet Bloc discuss relations between the two Koreas, and what would be necessary for reunification. Sino-Korean relations, and Chinese military aid to the DPRK are also discussed.