NKIDP e-Dossier No. 8 featured in South Korean Press

Jun 14, 2012

The release of NKIDP e-Dossier, “New East German and Soviet Evidence on North Korean Support to South Korean Political Parties and Labor Unions,” was reportedly widely upon by the South Korean press, with articles appearing in Radio Free Asia, Chosun Daily, Donga Daily, KONAS.net, Asia Today, Segye Finance, Yonhap News Agency, Munhwa Daily, and Maeil Finance.

As covered by the media, the e-Dossier featured a conversation between the Soviet Ambassador to North Korea, Alexander Puzanov, and the East German Ambassador to North Korea, Kurt Schneidewind, in which North Korea’s aid to the Social Mass Party, labor unions, politicians, and the student movement in South Korea was discussed. In his introduction to the e-Dossier, James Person, the coordinator for the North Korea International Documentation Project, argued that the conversation is additional evidence of North Korea’s connections with pro-North organizations in the South and that it is probable that North continues to support these types of forces in South Korea both politically and economically. Coinciding with the recent Unified Progressive Party (UPP) scandal surrounding two allegedly pro-North Korean members, some analysts speculate that the documents included in the e-Dossier could have a subtle impact upon South Korean politics.

A complete list of Korean-language media coverage follows:

“North Korea Supports South Korean Reformist Parties in the 1960s,” Radio Free Asia.

“Diplomatic Documents Made Public: ‘North Korea Directly Gives Aid to South Korean Progressive Parties and Labor Organizations in the 1960s’,” Chosun Daily.

"Diplomatic Documents Made Public: ‘North Korea Directly Gives Aid to South Korean Progressive Parties and Organizations’,” Donga Daily.

“North Korea is Supporting the Pro-North Forces in South Korea,” KONAS.net.

“North Korea Directly Supported Progressive South Korean Parties in the 1960s,” Asia Today.

“North Korea Directly Gives Aid to South Korean Progressive Parties and Organizations in the 1960s,” Segye Finance.

“North Korea Directly Gives Aid to South Korean Progressive Parties and Organizations in the 1960s,” Yonhap News Agency.

“North Korea Directly Supports the Progressive South Korean Parties in the 1960s,” Munhwa Daily.

“North Korea directly gives aid to South Korean progressive parties and organizations in the 1960s,” Maeil Finance.

Experts & Staff

  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • James Person // Deputy Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Charles Kraus // Program Assistant
  • Roy O. Kim // Program Assistant