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: