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  • January 29, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.027, Urgent

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK summarizes a recent meeting held with M. Golub, the Ambassador of Czechoslovakia to Pyongyang, and discusses U.S.-North Korean negotiations and the Soviet response to the USS Pueblo crisis.

  • February 19, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.046, Urgent

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK reports on war preparations have intensified in both Koreas following the Blue House Raid and the USS Pueblo seizure.

  • February 27, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.051, Urgent

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK summarizes a briefing at the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs in which foreign diplomats were encouraged to build bunkers in anticipation of an armed conflict on the Korean Peninsula.

  • April 23, 1968

    Memorandum On the Visit of the Party and Government Delegation of the GDR, led by Comrade Prof. Dr. Kurt Hager, with the General Secretary of the KWP and Prime Minister of the DPRK, Comrade Kim Il Sung, on 16 April 1968, 5:00p.m. until 6:50 p.m.

    In a meeting with Dr. Kurt Hager, Kim Il Sung fully says he fully supports East Germany GDR and describes North Korea's relations with other Communist countries.

  • 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.

  • November 27, 1968

    Cable, UN Secretary-General U Thant to DPRK Foreign Affairs Minister Pak Seong-cheol

    Secretary-General of the United Nations U Thant cables to Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Pak Seong-cheol that the two Koreas will be allowed to participate in the discussion of the Korean Question provided that they unequivocally accept the competence and authority of the United Nations and they will not have the right to vote on the decision.

  • December 23, 1968

    Note about a Conversation between Comrade Herrmann and Comrade Putivez, 2nd Secretary of the USSR Embassy, on 9 December 1968 in the USSR Embassy

    Hermann questioned Putiwtz on North Korea's foreign policy, including its relations with other socialist countries, Pakistan, and capitalist coutries while Putiwitz discussed economic cooperation and political relations between the Soviet Union and North Korea.

  • January 28, 1969

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

    A report on the North Korean leaders' statements on South Korean partisan struggles, especially that of Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Jae-bong. Kim addresses the need not to identify the incidents in South Korea with those in South Vietnam.The report emphasizes that such statements are becoming more objective.

  • March 28, 1969

    Far East Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'The Domestic Situation and the Foreign Policy of the Korean People's Democratic Republic'

    The document discusses the DPRK's difficult economic situation and several changes in the political system, such as a new ideology "Juche" and shifts in the high command in parties. It also examines international politics of DPRK with China, Japan, and the Soviet Union.

  • April 14, 1969

    Record of a Conversation with Kim Il Sung, General Secretary of the KWP CC and Chairman of the DPRK Cabinet of Ministers

    Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev sought the help of Kim Il Sung in influencing China, which was in a border dispute with the Soviet Union. Requesting that they "exercise political influence on Peking."

  • June 16, 1969

    Memorandum of Conversation between Pak Seong-cheol and Chimmidorj

    Pak Seong-cheol and Chimiddorj discuss Mongolian-North Korean relations, the struggle for Korean reunification, and the Korean debate at the United Nations.

  • August 04, 1969

    Minister-Counsellor of the Soviet Embassy in North Korea, 'Information About a Trip to Panmunjom'

    Shubnikov discusses the situation in Panmunjom, stating that troop movements are calmer than during the previous year. He assumes that both Koreas do not want to be accused of aggressive behavior prior to the UN discussion of the Korean issue.

  • November 07, 1969

    Record of Conversation between A. D. Putivets and Sim Dong-hye, the head of the first division of the Department of the Foreign Ministry

    Sim Dong-hye reports that there is a revolutionary movement deep underground in the ROK. The DPRK is willing to help them by all possible means, but will await a request for assistance.

  • November 18, 1969

    Soviet Ambassador to North Korea, 'The Main Directions of the Domestic and Foreign Policy of the KWP CC and DPRK Government and the Situation in Korea'

    The document describes the increased exaltation of Kim Il Sung. Regarding international relations, the DPRK diverges with the Soviet Union and other European countries. The document also touches on relations with the Soviet Union, China, and South Korea. Lastly, some issues which should be addressed during the visit of Pak Seong-cheol to the Soviet Union are mentioned.

  • December 12, 1969

    Letter, President of the International Human Rights League of Korea Hwal Lee, Concerning Withdrawal of UN Forces from Korea

    Chairman of the International Human Rights League of Korea Hwal Lee warns against the withdrawal or reduction of United Nations forces in Korea.

  • 1970

    Report on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

    A report traces the developments in Korea since World War II and examines North Korea’s relations with the Soviet Union as well as China and its position on revisionism.

  • February 06, 1970

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    Principal Secretary of UNCURK Zouheir Kuzbari updates Chef de Cabinet C.V. Narasimhan on the request for the repatriation of passengers and crew of the KAL plane that landed in North Korea and the argument between ROK and Japanese governments over a reported germs deal between a Japanese firm and North Korean commercial representatives.

  • February 20, 1970

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    Principal Secretary of UNCURK Zouheir Kuzbari writes Chef de Cabinet of the UN C.V. Narasimhan on the release of 39 South Korean passengers on the KAL plane YS-11 and President Park Chung Hee's appeal to end National Assembly boycotts.

  • February 23, 1970

    Letter, Anti-Communist League Secretary-General Jose Ma. Hernandez, Concerning North Korean Aggressions

    Secretary-General of the World Anti-Communist League Jose Ma. Hernandez raises a call to arms to the Red Cross and United Nations in response to North Korean KAL hijacking and potential biological warfare.