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  • April, 1955

    Report from I. Kurdyukov to the CPSU CC

    Kurdyukov passes on documents in connection to upcoming consultations with the senior North Korean officials.

  • April, 1955

    Information on the Situation in the DPRK

    Soviet diplomats Fedorenko and Ponomarev report on a wide range of issues involving North Korea, including agriculture, industry, and economic conditions in the DPRK, relations with China and the Soviet Union, and the situation in South Korea.

  • April 04, 1955

    Record of a Conversation with Editor of the Journal “Novaya Koreya” Song Jin-hwa

    Song Jin-hwa and Byakov discuss the North Korean government's recent prohibition on private trade in cereal products and the situation in the Union of Korean Writers.

  • April 06, 1955

    The Nature of Our Revolution at the Current Stage and the Primary Tasks of Our Party in the Cause of Socialist Development in North Korea

    Suzdalev comments on the problems with a KWP CC document, "The Nature of Our Revolution at the Current Stage and the Primary Tasks of Our Party in the Cause of Socialist Development in North Korea".

  • April 13, 1955

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

    Report from Dr. László Keresztes, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the Hungarian embassy in the DPRK, which talks about a conversation he had with Soviet Counselor A.M. Petrov. Keresztes sharply criticizes the secrecy and force that is utilized by the North Korean government and talks especially about the unreasonable economic conditions which exist in the DPRK.

  • April 22, 1955

    Report from B. Ponomarev and I. Shcherbakov to the CPSU Central Committee

    Shcherbakov reports on the arrival of Korean officials for professional education in the USSR.

  • May 11, 1955

    Report from B. Ponomarev and I. Shcherbakov to the CPSU Central Committee

    Ponomarev and Schcherbakov bring up issues which have arisen from a lack of communication between Korean officials in the DPRK and their families in the USSR.

  • June 13, 1955

    Report from Andreyev to the Chargé d'affaires of the USSR in the DPRK

    Andreyev reports on cultural relations between North Korea and the Soviet Union as well as industries in North Korea.

  • June 21, 1955

    Record of Conversation with Chairman of the Jagang Provincial People's Committee Illarion Dmitriyevich Pak

    Illarion Dmitriyevich Pak informs Petrov of the expanded KWP CC Presidium meeting, specifically dealing with steps to improve the management of agriculture and issues of Party and state leadership.

  • June 23, 1955

    Letter, Lt. General C.R. Ferenbaugh to Vice Minister Lee Ho

    On June 21, 1955, two defecting members of the North Korean Air force landed a North Korean YAK-18 on Seoul International Airport. Lt. General C.R. Ferenbaugh urges Vice Minister Lee Ho to relinquish the aircraft to the 5th US Air force and the Air Technical Intelligence Center, whom have the “best means” for a thorough investigation on the enemies’ (DPRK and USSR) aircraft and aeronautical industrial technique.

  • July 12, 1955

    Synopsis of the Political Report of the Soviet Embassy in the DPRK for 1955

    The Soviet Embassy provides a synopsis on the political report of the DPRK regarding its economic and domestic political situation, foreign policy, the Embassy's work, and general concluding remarks.

  • December 06, 1955

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK V. I. Ivanov for 6 December 1955

    Nam Il tells Ivanov that Kim Il Sung is actively working to settle the issue of citizenship among Soviet Koreans in the party. Kim acknowledges that granting them citizenship could help ease relations between them and local Koreans. Nam insists that Kim does not believe that the Soviet Koreans are ill-intentioned.

  • December 10, 1955

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK V. I. Ivanov for 10 December 1955

    Nam Il explains that the shortcomings and mistakes of a few individual Soviet Korean party members have aroused hostile sentiments against Soviet Koreans as an entire group.

  • December 20, 1955

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK V. I. Ivanov for 20 December 1955

    Nam Il and Ivanov discuss the agricultural tax and the issue of Soviet Koreans in the Party. In another meeting, Pak Jeong-ae assures Ivanov that the KWP CC is going to widely disseminate translations of speeches made by Bulganin and Khrushchev.

  • December 24, 1955

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK V. I. Ivanov for 24 December 1955

    Ambassador Ivanov speaks with Nam Il about Soviet Koreans’ citizenship and agricultural cooperatives.

  • December 26, 1955

    The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (A Brief Memorandum)

    A memorandum reviewing both Koreas' economic conditions and respective political makeups after the Korean War, and reconstruction efforts and agricultural shortages in North Korea.

  • 1956

    Communist Party of the Soviet Union Central Committee Directive to Soviet Ambassador Ivanov

    A directive from the CPSU CC to the Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK asking him to familiarize the Chinese Ambassador with the contents of Ianov's discussion with Kim Il Sung.

  • 1956

    Communist Party of the Soviet Union Central Committee Directive to Soviet Ambassador Ivanov

    The CPSU CC requests that Ianov send reports on the decisions of Korean Workers' Party Central Committee September plenary session and how the discussions of the provincial party committees are proceeding.

  • 1956

    Report of the Polish Embassy’s Culture and Press Department

    The Polish Embassy reports on the signing of the DPRK-Poland cultural agreement and highlights that the Korean press is publishing articles on Poland.

  • January 02, 1956

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK V. I. Ivanov for 2 January 1956

    Ivanov writes that Kim Il Sung invited him, Military Adviser Danilov, and their wives to his home for a New Year’s lunch.