'Stalin Had Final Say in NK's Plan to Take S. Korea'

Write : 2010-06-25 08:58:29 Update : 2010-06-25 09:43:01

'Stalin Had Final Say in NK's Plan to Take S. Korea'

The late North Korean founder Kim Il-sung was found to have sought the approval of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin dozens of times to attack South Korea.

According to a secret Russian telegram sent just eight months before the start of the Korean War and recently acquired by KBS, Kim asked for Stalin’s approval 48 times to use force to take South Korea.

The message was sent to Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong under Stalin’s code name, “Filippov.”

In the message, Stalin supported Mao’s opposition to Kim’s plan to invade the South, adding that he believed the North was not prepared to take the South.

Professor Kim Dong-gil, deputy director of Peking University's Center for Korean Peninsula Studies, says the fact that Kim requested Stalin's permission some 48 times proves that the Soviet leader played a leadership role in causing the Korean War.

In April 1950, Stalin ultimately gave his approval for Kim's invasion of the South. Two months later on June 25th, North Korean troops crossed the 38th parallel into South Korea, thus beginning the Korean War.

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