A Ruler Who Turned North Korea Into a Nuclear State

Called the “Dear Leader” by his people, Kim Jong-il, the son of North Korea’s founder, presided with an iron hand over a country he kept on the edge of starvation and collapse, fostering perhaps the last personality cult in the Communist world even as he banished citizens deemed disloyal to gulags or sent assassins after defectors.
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Posted: Mon, 12/19/2011 - 12:07pm