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  • February 27, 1961

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in North Korea, 'New Developments in the South Korean People’s Struggle'

    The Chinese Embassy in North Korea describes the South Korean movements for the reunification of the Korean Peninsula.

  • May 17, 1961

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in Sweeden, 'Swedish News Publications’ Comments on the South Korean Coup'

    The Chinese Embassy in Sweden summarizes the reaction in the local press to the coup in South Korea.

  • May 18, 1961

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in the Soviet Union, 'Soviet Newspapers’ Comments on the South Korean Military Coup'

    According to Chinese analysis, the Soviet press described the Park Chung Hee coup in South Korea as reactionary and led by the United States.

  • May 20, 1961

    Cable from the Chinese Representative Office in the UK, 'Britain’s Reaction to the South Korean Military Coup'

    The Chinese Diplomatic Representative's Office in Britain reports that the US had no prior intelligence about the South Korean military coup, which the British public believes to be a result of repression under Jang Myeon and growing corruption rather than American interference. While Britain doubts that the coup clique will be able to run South Korea, it has no power to intervene because South Korea falls within the United States' 'sphere of influence.'

  • May 21, 1961

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in North Korea, 'Contents of the May 18th North Korean Party Central Standing Committee Meeting'

    A Chinese report on a Meeting of the Central Standing Committee in which the North Koreans negatively reflected on the Park Chung Hee coup in South Korea.

  • May 26, 1961

    Cable from the Chinese Liaison Office in Gaesong, 'Xi-li’s View of the Current Situation in Korea'

    The Chinese Liaison Office in Gaesong describes a Czech General's assessment of the situation in South Korea. According to the General, the May Revolution in South Korea was single-handedly engineered by the United States and the situation is unlikely to be resolved in the absence of an improvement in Sino-US relations.

  • May 02, 1963

    The Development of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's Reunification Policy

    The report offers a summary and an evaluation of North Korea's reunification plans from 1945 through 1962.

  • March 09, 1965

    Information on Some Aspects of Japanese-South Korean Negotiations

    The GDR Embassy in DPRK reports to the SED Central Committee on its evaluation of North Korean attitudes toward Japanese-South Korean negotiations.

  • December 15, 1965

    Cable from Chinese Ambassador in North Korea Jiao Ruoyu, 'On the Situation of Calling on Vice Premier Kim Il'

    Kim Il discusses Sino-North Korean relations, the situation in South Korea, and Japan's position in East Asia with Chinese Ambassador Jiao Ruoyu.

  • April 09, 1966

    Record of Conversation between Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Seong-cheol

    Pak Seong-cheol claims that the American forces in South Korea are a hindrance in the way of reunification and comments on Soviet-North Korean relations and Japan.

  • March 01, 1967

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, No.76.075, TOP SECRET, March 1, 1967

    N. Popa discusses the alleged decisions by the United States and South Korea to bomb the North Korean coast after the sinking of a South Korean boat. Although the true intentions of such plan is not clear, North Korea signaled its unwillingness to confront with the two countries.

  • June 26, 1967

    Excerpt from Information Report Embassy Bucharest of 26 June 1967

    East German diplomats report on U.S. foreign policy in South Korea, and allege that China wishes to overthrow Kim Il Sung.

  • July 22, 1967

    Report, Embassy of Hungary in North Korea to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry, 22 July 1967

    Károly Fendler analyzes the situation that Park Chung Hee regime faces internally as well as internationally, and North Korea's strategies for inducing a communist revolution in South Korea.

  • October 15, 1967

    Letter, Father Paul White to President Harry S. Truman

    Father Paul White, a resident near the 38th Parallel, proposes the establishment of the Truman Memorial Hospital in South Korea.

  • November 28, 1967

    Letter, Harry S. Truman to Father Paul White

    Harry Truman dismisses the request from Father Paul White to build a hospital in South Korea bearing Truman's namesake.

  • January 23, 1968

    Telegram From the Commander in Chief, United Nations Command, and Commander of United States, Korea (Bonesteel) to the Commander in Chief, Pacific (Sharp)

    The ROK Minister of Defense expresses his displeasure for the lack of a U.S. response towards the Blue House Raid as compared to the Pueblo incident.

  • February 05, 1968

    Information on the Situation in Korea

    The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia analyzes the underlying context behind and causes of the Pueblo Incident and other dangerous military engagements on the Korean Peninsula.

  • February 07, 1968

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, TOP SECRET, No. 76.035, Urgent

    The Embassy of Romania in the DPRK reports on U.S.-North Korean negotiations over the USS Pueblo and tensions between the United States and South Korea over the response to North Korea's recent provocations.

  • February 09, 1968

    Pueblo and the US-South Korean Relations: Political Report No. 11

    South Korea's responses and reactions to the attempted assassination of President Park Chung Hee and the seizure of the USS Pueblo by North Korea are summarized.

  • June 18, 1968

    Note on a Conversation with the Director of the 1st Department of the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK, Comrade Ri In-gyu, on 15 June 1968, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Ri In-gyu criticizes United States policy towards the two Koreas and the actions of the U.S. government in Asia.