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  • July 26, 1973

    Sonnenfeldt to Kissinger, 'Supplementary Checklist for Meeting with French Defense Minister'

    When meeting with the French Defense Minister Kissinger is to stress how much the U.S. has supported France despite negative views on such assistance by European countries and by Congress, and that this president could not be more sympathetic to French needs. The NSSM 175 review of the policy towards France is attached, and it reviews previous aid given to France, complications that arouse due to restrictions on such aid, and what the French are now requesting. It extensively reviews missile assistance, nuclear safety exchanges, and other French aid issues. The second part addresses the issue in light of U.S.-European political relations, and the effect any such aid might have on such relations. It notes that future French aid might be given to hardening technologies, and to aiding in Poseidon information, and to underground nuclear testing, and it weighs the pros and cons in the eyes of the British. It concludes with an overview of how such aid could be in the interest (or not) of the U.S., but several parts of the last part of this document are blacked-out, marked for secrecy.

  • 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.

  • July 26, 1973

    Rajya Sabha Q&A on Manufacture of Large and Sophisticated Components of Nuclear Power Plants

    Transcript of questions and answers between members of the Rajya Sabha and the Prime Minister of Atomic Energy, Shrimati Indira Gandhi, on whether or not India is capable of domestic production of large and sophisticated nuclear power plant components. Estimated and actual costs are also discussed.

  • July 27, 1973

    Memorandum of Conversation with Robert Galley, July 27, 1973

    Transcript of a conversation between French Minister of Armed Forces Galley and U.S. officials, including Kissinger and Schlesinger. Galley says that the French are making progress and have benefited from their talks with Foster. Kissinger notes that the U.S. has a “cooperative spirit” with regards to French foreign policy. Galley notes the advances that have been made by the French and asks for aid with modernization of their forces to bring the French to the same level as the U.S., specifically in regards to missile hardening, underground testing, and submarines, among others. Kissinger notes that now that the French have missile technology, it is in the best interest of the U.S. that it be effective and not become irrelevant, but there is strong opposition not only from abroad but at home, as well. Kissinger wants to know how long the French can keep their advances a secret, and Galley notes that many things have already been kept secret and can continue to be kept as such. They end the discussion with talks about meeting again sometime in August.

  • July 31, 1973

    Telegram from New York to Bucharest, SECRET, No. 091.722, Normal

    Romanians note that the Chinese are worried about the possible vacuum left behind on the Korean Peninsula if the US withdraws from South Korea. The telegram notes that the Chinese will not oppose continued US presence in South Korea even after the dissolution of the UN Commission for Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea.

  • 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.

  • August, 1973

    Taiwanese Response to the IOC Concerning the PRC’s Application, 'Referring PRC’s Application [sic]'

    Taiwanese sports officials complain in response to the People's Republic of China's application to join the Asian Games Federation. The PRC sought to be recognized as the sole representative of "China," effectively ejecting the Republic of China from the organization. The Taiwanese officials sought to present Taiwan as an independent country, which should be permitted to participate alongside the PRC in the Asian Games.

  • August, 1973

    Letter from Enver Hoxha to Kim Il Sung

    In this letter to Kim Il Sung, Enver Hoxha addresses issues surrounding the division and reunification of Korea, and offers his support to North Korea's reunification proposals.

  • August, 1973

    Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Note, No. 01/010123/73, Secret

    Romanian official reports on the progress of the 6 year plan and the intensive industrial and agricultural projects taking place around North Korea. Alongside improvements in the living standards of the Korean people, the report also notes Pyongyang's efforts to strengthen the military capabilities of the state. The document also mentions rise in food price since 1971, North Korea's support for revolutionary movements in Asia and North Korea's plans for the ascension of a single Korean state to the UN.

  • August, 1973

    Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Note, No. 01/010124/73, Secret

    The document outlines Romania's position regarding the issue of unification of the Korean Peninsula. After a summary of inter-Korean negotiations thus far, the report concludes that the two Koreas are moving very slowly because both sides are attempting to gain advantage over the other. Nonetheless, Romania declares its firm support of the DPRK.

  • August 02, 1973

    Memorandum of Conversation Between the Head of the China Desk in the East German Foreign Ministry and the First Secretary of the Chinese Embassy, Tji Hai-yuan

    This is a memorandum on a conversation reflecting the differences of opinion between the head of the China Desk in the East German Foreign Ministry and the First Secretary of the Chinese Embassy Tji Hai-yuan with regard to the intended establishment of a Chinese trade representation in West Berlin. East Berlin is clearly concerned such a step might favor West Germany's alleged goal of winning sovereignty over West Berlin, in violation of the Four Power Agreement. Tji states that he does not understand the East German position, and that the activities of Chinese diplomats in West Berlin are in accordance with international law. He rejects the notion that these relations might conceivably harm the interests of East Germany.

  • August 02, 1973

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

    Informs of a message relayed through the Hungarian government from the Ambassador of North Korea in Berlin, that he would like to make an official visit to the Netherlands.

  • August 02, 1973

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

    Informs of a message relayed through the Hungarian government from the Ambassador of North Korea in Berlin, that he would like to make an official visit to the Netherlands.

  • August 02, 1973

    Rajya Sabha Q&A on Size and Date of Construction of a Nuclear Power Plant

    Transcript of questions and answers between members of Rajya Sabha and the Minister of Atomic Energy, Shrimati Indira Gandhi, on whether or not the ministry plans to construct a power plant with a capacity over 500 MW and when the construction is expected to commence.

  • August 02, 1973

    Rajya Sabha Report on Nuclear Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Transcript of questions and answers between members of the Rajya Sabha on the nuclear energy conference in the United States specifically research, educational reactors, technology, social impacts of nuclear power, and others.

  • August 02, 1973

    Rajya Sabha Q&A on Underground Nuclear Tests

    Transcript of questions and answers between members of the Rajya Sabha and members of the Ministry of Atomic Energy on the feasibility and effects of an underground nuclear tests.

  • August 03, 1973

    Rajya Sabha Q&A on Recent Chinese Nuclear Attacks and the Indian Government's Position

    Transcript of questions and answers between members of the Rajya Sabha and the Minister of Defence Shri Jagjivan Ram on the Indian government's stance and actions to be taken in response to CHinese nuclear tests.

  • August 03, 1973

    Letter to Erich Honecker from Kim Il Sung

    Kim Il Sung explains US actions in South Korea and North Korean ideas to achieve a peaceful reunification of Korea ("five-point-plan").

  • August 04, 1973

    Teletype message by Federal Chancellor, Brandt to the President of the United States of America, Nixon 4 August 1973

    Willy Brandt's response to President Nixon sharing his interests in the area of security between European and American partners in the Atlantic Alliance. In this letter Brandt also gives his opinions on the previously held East-West conferences.

  • August 07, 1973

    All-China Sports Federation Application for Chinese Membership in the Asian Games Federation

    After withdrawing from international sports events during the Cultural Revolution, the People's Republic of China recreated ties with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) through the Asian Games. In the application, the PRC asserted it's right to represent all of China "including the Taiwan province" and be recognized as "the sole legitimate organization representing China."