[KS] Chosen Nitrogen Fertilizer Complex

don kirk kirkdon at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 14 09:29:11 EDT 2013

Wonder if that fertilizer plant is on the site of the showcase one that we visited last summer....Look forward to seeing the book.
Best regards,
Don Kirk

From: Charles K. Armstrong <cra10 at columbia.edu>
To: koreanstudies at koreanstudies.com 
Sent: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 6:11 PM
Subject: Re: [KS] Chosen Nitrogen Fertilizer Complex


The National Archives in College Park has extensive reports on the  
bombing of Hamhung and Hungnam (the affiliated port city), including  
descriptions and photos of the fertilizer plant. I refer to them in  
the first chapter of my new book "Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and  
the World, 1950 - 1992" (Cornell U. Press). best,

Charles Armstrong
Charles K. Armstrong
Professor of History
Columbia University
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420 West 118th Street
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Quoting Bill Streifer <photografr7 at yahoo.com>:

> In late-July and August 1950, the Chosen Nitrogen Fertilizer Complex  
>  in Hungnam, North Korea was bombed by the Far East Air Force. The  
> plant was later described by the U.S. Air Force as a Thorium  
> Processing Plant.
> Then, later that year, U.S./U.N. forces occupied the facility and  
> seized documents. I believe that some of those documents are  
> archived at the University of Maryland and/or the National Archives  
> and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington, D.C.
> Has anyone seen those specific documents either in Korean or their  
> English translations? If so, do they confirm that the plant was  
> processing nuclear materials? If you are in possession of even one  
> of those documents, could you please reply here or contact me  
> directly? I would like to view that document or documents myself.
> Thank you.
> Bill Streifer
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