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  • October 10, 1986

    Summary of Negotiations between the Two Korean National Olympic Committees

    IOC Summary Report on negotiations between North Korea, South Korea, and the IOC over the 1988 Olympic Games.

  • November 11, 1986

    Statement by M.S. Gorbachev: “The Amelioration of the International Situation, Strengthening of Peace”

    Statement by M.S. Gorbachev: “The Amelioration of the International Situation, Strengthening of Peace”

  • July 14, 1987

    Memorandum of the Meeting between the National Olympic Committees of the Two Koreas and the International Olympic Committee, Lausanne, 14-15 July 1987

    An official meeting between the Olympic Committees of North and South Korea, joined by the IOC President Samaranch and delegates. The group discusses issues of which sporting events North Korea would be able to organize at the upcoming 1988 Summer Olympics, where would opening and closing ceremonies occur and the appreciation both sides felt for the efforts of the IOC to work out the variety of issues between North and South Korea.

  • January 11, 1988

    Letter from the DPRK’s National Olympic Committee to the International Olympic Committee President stating North Korea’s Position regarding their Participation in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

    A letter from North Korean Olympic Committee President Kim Yu Sun to IOC President Samaranch indicating that North Korea was not likely to participate in the upcoming 1988 Summer Olympics. North Korea cited the failure to come up with a joint hosting plan as the main issue, but pointed out that they remained hopeful that an agreement might be reached.

  • January 21, 1988

    Memorandum of Conversation between the International Olympic Committee President and Eduard Shevardnadze, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the USSR, regarding the negotiations with North Korea on the 1988 Olympics

    Memorandum of a discussion between IOC President Samaranch and Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shevardnadze. The two discuss other issues for a while before turning to the "Korea question," as Shevardnadze puts it. Samaranch explains the series of discussions and compromises that have already occurred, as well as expresses some doubt that North Korea is serious about making cooperation happen and that he'd need assurance about the "Olympic family" being able to cross the border. Shevardnadze expresses confidence that that wouldn't be a problem.

  • January 25, 1988

    Intelligence Note from West Germany’s National Olympic Committee to the International Olympic Committee on the possibility of North Korean terrorist threats to the 1988 Seoul Olympics

    A letter from Willi Daume, a member of West Germany's Olympic Committee, discussing intelligence that suggested North Korea would attempt to disrupt the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

  • February 25, 1988

    Letter from the Central Committee of the National Democratic Front of South Korea (NDFSK) to the International Olympic Committee opposing the 1988 Seoul Olympics

    Letter from the North Korea-supported National Democratic Front of South Korea arguing that South Korea is not an appropriate venue for the Olympics, and claiming the country is a "U.S. colony destitute of independence and sovereignty...[where] human rights are mercilessly violated by the dictatorship."

  • June 04, 1988

    Letter from the DPRK’s National Olympic Committee to the International Olympic Committee on Samaranch’s Proposal to Visit North Korea

    A letter from Kim Yu Sun, President of North Korea's Olympic Committee to the IOC, complaining that IOC President Samaranch did not come directly to them with an offer of visiting Pyongyang and had only done so through third parties. North Korea claimed it had invited him directly several times and had received no response. Still, North Korea expressed positive hopes about being able to sort out an agreement on co-hosting the upcoming 1988 Summer Olympics.

  • June 10, 1988

    Letter from the DPRK’s National Olympic Committee to the President of the International Olympic Committee requesting a Postponement of Samaranch’s Visit to North Korea.

    A letter from the President of the DPRK's NOC, Kim Yu Sun, welcoming the President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, to visit the DPRK in principle. However, because an agreement to co-host the 1988 Olympic Games had not yet been arranged, Kim requests that Samaranch delay his visit to the DPRK for the time being.

  • June 15, 1988

    Letter from the DPRK National Olympic Committee to International Olympic Committee (IOC) President requesting Clarification on the Comments made by IOC during a Press Conference in Barcelona

    Letter from the President of the DPRK's NOC, Kim Yu Sun, to the President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, complaining about Samaranch's most recent press conference held in Barcelona.

  • June 24, 1988

    Note from the President of International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the President of the Olympic Committee, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

    Letter from the President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, to the President of the DPRK's NOC, Kim Yu Sun, requesting clarification on what the DPRK means when it says to "co-host" the 1988 Olympic Games.

  • June 27, 1988

    Note from the President of the National Olympic Committee, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

    Letter from the President of the DPRK's NOC, Kim Yu Sun, to the President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, on co-hosting the 1988 Olympic Games.

  • June 29, 1988

    Note from the President of International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the President of the Olympic Committee, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

    Letter from the President to the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, to the President of the DPRK's NOC, Kim Yu Sun, on free-travel through the demarcation line, Olympic sporting events in Pyongyang, the role of the IOC, and critical remarks about Samaranch from an Ambassador of the DPRK.

  • July 06, 1988

    Information Note from Dr. Klaus Georg Wieck to International Olympic Committee President on the Issue of Security and Terrorist Threats to the 1988 Seoul Olympics

    Letters exchanged between the President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, and Dr. Klaus Georg Wieck on the security situation in South Korea in the lead up to the 1988 Olympics. Wieck's enclosed security report provides details on the South Korean opposition, security preparations completed by the South Korean government, and the potential for terrorist threats or activities during the Olympic Games.

  • July 19, 1988

    Letter from the President of International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the President of the Olympic Committee of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

    Letter from the President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, to the President of the DPRK's NOC, Kim Yu Sun, acknowledging receipt of Kim's July 7, 1988, letter.

  • July 27, 1988

    Information Note to International Olympic Committee (IOC) from the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations Geneva regarding the North-South Parliamentary Meeting on the 1988 Seoul Olympics

    Letter from Ryang Lee on a joint parliamentary meeting of South and North Korea during the 1988 Olympic Games.

  • August 11, 1988

    Note from the President of International Olympic Committee (IOC) to Richard W. Pound, IOC Member, regarding Issue of Co-hosting the 1988 Olympics by the Two Koreas

    Letter from IOC President, Juan Antonio Samaranch, to Mr. Richard W. Pound, containing an IOC proposal on the 1988 Olympic Games and correspondence between the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly and the ROK National Assembly.

  • August 16, 1988

    Letter from the President of the DPRK’s National Olympic Committee to the President of International Olympic Committee on the Issue of Co-hosting the 1988 Olympics

    Letter from the President of the DPRK NOC, Kim Yu Sun, to the President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, on the IOC proposal for the 1988 Olympic Games dated August 11, 1988.

  • April 13, 1989

    Assistance for Entry and Exit

    An example of a Stasi document on two South Korean citizens transiting East Germany to travel to and from Pyongyang.