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Relations between the Republic of Poland and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

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The 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Poland and the DPRK causes us to take stock of the relationship. The first 40 years of bilateral relations between Poland and DPRK was set against the backdrop of the Cold War reality. During the first 20 years of this period, relations between the two nations were very close. Poland was invited to be a member of the Neutral Countries Supervisory Commission by the Korean People's Army and the Chinese People's Volunteers, while Western countries questioned the neutrality of Poland and Czechoslovakia. Now Polish–North Korean relations are based on realism. The Polish foreign policy toward North Korea is within the EU framework, which supports an evolutionary change in character of the North Korean regime. Poland supports the peaceful reunification of Korea and the goals of the Six-Party Talks on North Korean denuclearization.

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