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September 11th, 2003
A State of Mind
North Korea and the Korean War: Introduction

To North Korea in 1950, the U.S.-backed Republic of Korea to its south was just the latest installment in Korea’s long history of occupation by foreign powers. It was not a situation that nationalist leader Kim Il Sung would long accept — for all the DPRK’s own ties with Moscow and Beijing. His solution was simple: invade and unify.

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