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  • August 19, 1976

    Letter, W. Tapley Bennett, Jr., to Isao Abe

    W. Tapley Bennett sends a report of the United Nations Command on an incident in the Joint Security Area of the Demilitarized Zone in Korea.Two United Nations Command personnel were beaten to death and several others including UNC and Republic of Korea personnel were wounded by North Koreans.

  • August 19, 1976

    Cryptogram No 1750/III from Polish Embassy in Bucharest, Conversation with Ambassador Drezdenko on N. Ceaușescu’s Visit to the Soviet Union

    Report on a conversation with Soviet Ambassador Drezdenko on Romanian leader Ceausescu's visit to Moscow. "In general he believes that the visit brought better climate to the Soviet-Romanian relations."

  • August 20, 1976

    Telegram from New York to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 060.387

    The Romanian Mission to the United Nations in New York reports on developments related to the Panmunjeom or "Axe Murder" Incident at the UN.

  • August 21, 1976

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 067.212

    The Embassy of Romania in Pyongyang reports on the Panmunjeom or "Axe Murder" Incident of August 1976.

  • August 25, 1976

    Telegram from Beijing to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 066.252

    The Embassy of Romania in Beijing assess the Chinese response to the Panmunjeom or "Axe Murder" Incident of August 1976.

  • August 25, 1976

    Telegram from Washington to Bucharest, SECRET, Flash, No. 084.527

    The Embassy of Romania in Washington, D.C., assesses the United States response to the Panmunjeom or "Axe Murder" Incident of August 1976.

  • August 26, 1976

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 067.219

    The Embassy of Romania in Pyongyang conveys the remarks of Han Sihae, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, on the Panmunjeom or "Axe Murder" Incident of August 1976.

  • August 26, 1976

    Conversation between Foreign Minister Genscher and Chinese Ambassador Wang Shu

    A conversation between West German Foreign Minister Genscher and Chinese Ambassador Wang Shu about European security and developments in Africa. The Foreign Minister expresses interest in a visit to Germany by the Chinese Foreign Minister.

  • August 27, 1976

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 067.220

    The Embassy of Romania in Pyongyang conveys the remarks of Kim Yong-jip, ad interim head of the Press Division in the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Panmunjeom or "Axe Murder" Incident.

  • August 30, 1976

    Cooperative agreement between the Interior Ministry of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic and the Soviet Union KGB

    The Czechoslovak and Soviet security branches agreed to cooperate in the acquisition of documents and the sharing of information on hostile persons. The two parties committed to favorable relations within international organizations and joint counter-intelligence measures, articulating a focus on improving intelligence and counter-intelligence on the U.S. and its allies and China. Both parties vow to assist each other in illegal intelligence work and in the counter-intelligence monitoring of persons working for embassies, international firms or otherwise engaged in economic relations. The Czechoslovaks and Soviets agree to coordinate actions before providing assistance to security programs in developing countries, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Vietnamese Socialist Republic.

  • August 31, 1976

    Memorandum, Hungarian National Commission of Atomic Energy to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    The DPRK Delegation to the IAEA expresses concern to the Hungarian Embassy about plans to build a regional reprocessing plant in South Korea and urges it to be moved to the Philippines.

  • 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.

  • September 01, 1976

    Telegram from Moscow to Bucharest, SECRET, Flash, No. 058.014

    The Embassy of Romania in Moscow assesses the Panmunjeom or "Axe Murder" Incident of August 1976.

  • September 04, 1976

    Soviet Ambassador to Angola Vorobiev, Conversation with Angolian President Neto

    Soviet Ambassador to the People's Republic of Angola B.S. Vorobiev, memorandum of conversation with President A. Neto where Neto speaks about the need to understand the position of the other southern African nations in order to evaluate the national liberation movements

  • September 06, 1976

    Military Exercise Tarcza-76 Instruction No. 1 of the Northern Front for Protection Against Weapons of Mass Destruction

    This document describes a Warsaw Pact military exercise. The document describes the enemy's weapons of mass destruction capabilities, particularly with regards to nuclear weapons.

  • September 14, 1976

    Informational Note II from the Meeting of CC Secretaries for International Affairs in Moscow

    An interkit meeting gets postponed to give participants more time to assess the effects of Mao Zedong's death.

  • September 21, 1976

    Analysis on the Suggestion of the US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger for Holding 4-Party Talks

    Park Tong-Jin and Philip Habib discuss the proposal for four-party talks involving North Korea, South Korea, the United States, and China.

  • September 24, 1976

    Secret Telegram No. 3239/III - From Moscow to Warsaw

    A telegram claiming that one of the most significant problems in China following Mao's death is the personnel problem, that there is "no single exceptional personality" on the Chinese scene.

  • September 28, 1976

    Telegram to the President from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, 'Report on the Meeting between the Foreign Minister of the ROK and the US Secretary of State and Foreign Ministers of the ROK and Japan'

    A report on the conversation between Minister of Foreign Affairs Pak Tong-Jin and US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. The relationship between South Korea, North Korea, and the United States are discussed and linked with specific issues such as the Axe Murder Incident and conversations between US and North Korea.

  • September 29, 1976

    Secret Telegram No. 3453/III - From Moscow to Warsaw

    An assessment of the situation in China following Mao's death and a few lines about Soviet policy following this development.