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  • 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.

  • January 04, 1956

    Record of a Conversation between Soviet Embassy First Secretary I. S. Byakov and Jeong Ryul

    Former Deputy DPRK Minister of Culture and Propaganda Jeong Ryul reports to Byakov details of his meeting with Chairman of the Party Control Commission Im Hae and KWP CC Vice Chairman Pak Jeong-ae.

  • January 13, 1956

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK V. I. Ivanov for 13 January 1956

    Ivanov delivers to Kim Il Sung a status report on the Soviet Embassy’s work to grant Korean citizenship to Soviet Koreans. Kim hopes that allowing Soviet Koreans to travel to and from the USSR can be used as a means to strengthen the two countries’ ties.

  • January 19, 1956

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK V. I. Ivanov for 19 January 1956

    On behalf of the North Korean government, Nam Il requests Ivanov and Deputy Trade Representative that the USSR supply more material aid to ore mining enterprises in the DPRK.

  • January 23, 1956

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK V. I. Ivanov for 23 January 1956

    Ivanov informs Kim Il Sung about Khrushchev’s and Bulganin’s visit to India, Burma, and Afghanistan.

  • January 24, 1956

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK V. I. Ivanov for 24 January 1956

    Ivanov speaks to Kim Il Sung about Japan.

  • January 24, 1956

    Record of a Conversation between Soviet Embassy Counsellor S. Filatov and DPRK Vice Premier Pak Ui-wan, 24 January 1956

    Pak reports on the recent KWP CC Presidium decision, “The Further Strengthening of the Fight Against Reactionary Bourgeois Ideology in Literature and Art,” which was directed at the alleged hostile factional activity of Soviet Koreans. Pak says that the persecution of Soviet Koreans is ungrounded, as they do not pose a threat to the Party, and that in fact, favoring members of the local “faction” over members of other backgrounds may undermine the Party’s integrity.

  • January 30, 1956

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK V. I. Ivanov for 30 January 1956

    Nam Il responds to an earlier message Nº35.

  • February 02, 1956

    Memorandum to the CPSU CC on Soviet Koreans

    Reports on the Soviet Embassy’s work regarding Soviet Koreans in the DPRK after a USSR Supreme Soviet Presidium decision to allow them to either convert to Korean citizenship or accept dual citizenship and discusses the topic of whether they should be allowed to return to the USSR.

  • February 21, 1956

    Record of a Conversation between Soviet Embassy Counsellor S. Filatov and DPRK Vice Premier Pak Ui-wan

    Pak tells Filatov that he does not fully agree with the KWP CC Presidium decision regarding Pak Chang-ok because the Presidium's failure to cite specific evidence. Pak Ui-wan says that he spoke well of Pak Chang-ok in a recent meeting with Kim Il Sung.

  • February 29, 1956

    Record of a Conversation between Soviet Embassy Counsellor S. Filatov and DPRK Vice Premier Pak Ui-wan

    Pak Ui-wan tells Filatov about a conversation he had with Kim Il Sung regarding Pak Chang-ok, Pak Yeong-bin, and other Soviet Korean party members.

  • March 05, 1956

    Remarks on the Draft Statutes of the KWP

    Suggestions for improvements in the wording of the DPRK's constitution.

  • March 12, 1956

    Memorandum of Conversation with the DPRK Vice Premier of the Cabinet of Ministers and Member of the KWP CC Presidium, Pak Chang-ok

    Relations between S.Filanov and Kim Il Sung are discussed, the internal political oppression of DPRK, the restricted press.

  • April, 1956

    Memo from K. Koval to the CPSU CC, on Soviet provision of postwar aid to the DPRK

    Describes in detail the progress made as of January 1956 on the DPRK-USSR agreement that the USSR provide postwar aid from 1953 to 1957. Also lists free aid provided by China and other socialist states.

  • April 17, 1956

    Memo from K. Koval to the CPSU CC, on Soviet provision of industrial equipment to the DPRK

    Table that shows the timeframes, volumes, and fulfillment of Soviet equipment obligations to the DPRK.

  • April 19, 1956

    Memorandum of Conversation with Kim Il Sung

    Diary entry of a conversation between V.I. Ivanov and Kim Il Sung about whether Pak Heon-yeong should be put to death or not.