The Day Kim Jong Il Was Born

This Day in the History of the DPRK February 16, JUCHE 30 (1942)
February 15th, 2013
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On a May evening in 1941, Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Suk made love in a tent in the Soviet Far East.  Newlyweds, they gave themselves to each other, unaware of what the future would bring—their intimacy a result of their mutual struggle against the Japanese.  The two revolutionaries shared a rare marital bond:

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About the Author

Brandon K. Gauthier

Brandon K. Gauthier, M.A. graduated from Elon University in 2006, and is presently a PhD candidate in American history at Fordham University. Specializing in U.S. diplomatic history, he is at work on a dissertation examining the intellectual history of U.S. foreign relations with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from 1948 to 1995. He is a monthly contributor to NKnews.

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