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  • 1975

    Report of the Romanian Delegation to the Socialist Countries Meeting before the General Conference of the IAEA

    Consultative meeting organized prior to the IAEA General Conference.

  • February 27, 1975

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, No. 059.057

    The Embassy of Romania in Pyongyang reports on the military responses of North and South Korea to the growing number of clashes near the Northern Limit Line (NLL).

  • March 01, 1975

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, No. 059.060

    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang reports on the Northern Limit Line (NLL) dispute based on the remarks of Ri Jongmok, North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister

  • March 11, 1975

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No. 059.076

    Popa observes an increase of US military presence in South Korea, including the transfer of nuclear weapons and notes that many see this move as Washington's way of coping with the Sino-Soviet split and increased division between Japan and the US.

  • March 11, 1975

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No. 059.076

    North Koreans report that the South Koreans are concerned with the imminent fall of South Vietnam. At the same time, Seoul is moving to ensure the continued presence of US troops on the Korean Peninsula even after the U.N. troops’ headquarters in South Korea. While Pyongyang can observe increased popular dissent against Park Chung Hee, the North Koreas worry that not even the anti-government opposition foster anti-American sentiments

  • March 25, 1975

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, No. 059.101

    Popa describes the breakdown of the negotiations at the North-South Coordination Committee, which has devolved into an "organized exchange of accusations and labels." He notes that the discovery of tunnels beneath the DMZ and other conditions have made it impossible to stall the rising tensions on the peninsula.

  • May 09, 1975

    Telegram from New York to Bucharest, No. 052.467

    While the UN looks for ways to dismantle the UN headquarters in South Korea while preserving the armistice, the telegram notes that the North Koreans are attempting to bypass the UN as a whole and come to an understanding with the United States directly.

  • May 10, 1975

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, No. 059.156

    At a recent state visit of the DPRK delegation to the PRC, both countries look at the developments in Indochina as positive and as predicted changes to the Korean Peninsula. Beijing agrees to increase trade and economic cooperation with North Korea while promising to keep distance from Seoul.

  • May 19, 1975

    Telegram from Moscow to Bucharest, SECRET, No. 050.572

    The document summarizes North Korea's prospective approach towards unification. Pyongyang envisages three different paths: peaceful, military and revolutionary. In order to support these three routes to unification, the DPRK forwards three policies: the rapid development of socialism, promotion of democracy in South Korea and reinforcement of military solidarity with the revolutionary forces of the world.

  • July 01, 1975

    Telegram from New York to Bucharest, No. 052648

    The North Koreans are suspicious of the proposal to dismantle the UN headquarters in South Korea and believe that the true intent of the plan is creating confusion at this year’s session of the General Assembly. The author believes that the North Koreans will reject the proposal because agreeing to current conditions would be accepting the US presence in Korea.

  • July 04, 1975

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No. 01/06647

    Budura relays the North Korean belief that the letter sent to the UN regarding the dismantling of the UN headquarters in Korea is an attempt to create confusion at the General Assembly.

  • July 15, 1975

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No. 059/219

    The North Koreans list the reasons for not accepting the US proposal for the dismantlement of the UN headquarters in South Korea. The source notes that the North Koreans do not want to accept the US presence in Korea nor allow the US to raise the status of South Korea. Nonetheless, the North Koreans look to the recent proposal as a "step back" for the US.

  • July 21, 1975

    Telegram from Berlin to Bucharest, No. 018.998

    Comments regarding the recent US declaration on the use of nuclear arms in case of a conflict on the Korean Peninsula. Most communist countries agree that the two Koreas show little interest in generating armed conflict on the peninsula. The DPRK reiterates its plans for a peaceful unification of Korea.

  • July 24, 1975

    Telegram from Washington to Bucharest, No. 074.783

    Buffum and Bogdan discuss the US concern regarding the upcoming coming UN general assembly meeting, in which the issue of dismantling the UN headquarters in Korea remains on the agenda, as Buffum hopes to accompany the dismantlement with assurances protecting the armistice, but is worried about North Korea's unpredictable behavior.

  • August 15, 1975

    Telegram from Tokyo to Bucharest, No. 069.711

    Finantu describes Kim Il Sung's message sent to Japanese PM Takeo Miki through MP Tokuma Utsunomiya, which declares Kim Il Sung's determination to unify the peninsula.

  • September 03, 1975

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Vienna to Deputy Minister V. Gliga

    Regarding the countries on the board of governors of the IAEA.

  • October 11, 1975

    Telegram from Washington to Bucharest, No. 075119

    Romanian diplomats report that Washington considers the situation in Korea to be very dangerous, that a withdrawal of U.S. ground forces from Korea could prompt South Korea to develop nuclear weapons, and that the Algerian-sponsored resolution in support of North Korea at the United Nations General Assembly is unacceptable.

  • October 23, 1975

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No. 059.298

    Pope discusses DPRK representatives' attempt to establish contacts with Henry Kissinger via China as Heo Dam is scheduled to meet Henry Kissinger after the latter's visit to Beijing.

  • December 16, 1975

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No. 059.349

    Nanu discusses the focus that US and PRC places on the tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The US refuses to withdraw its forces from the peninsula and instead proposes an international reunion to discuss the issue while China supports a direct bilateral meeting between the DPRK and the US.

  • February 28, 1976

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 067.043

    The Embassy of Romania in Pyongyang summarizes North Korea's response to the introduction of F-111 bombers to South Korea based on comments from the Press Department of the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs.