February 22, 2024

Remembering Sihanouk: Kim Il Sung’s Cambodian Cold War Collaborator

The Khmer Rouge’s PR guru was a king and dictator, and life-long friend of North Korea.

When Indonesia’s dictator Dr Sukarno wanted to set up his own Olympic Games in 1962, he had two friends help him out - Kim Il-Sung, and Cambodia’s Nihodom Sihanouk.

Sihanouk, the so called ‘King-Father’ of Cambodia who died last week, didn’t have any gold medals to his name, although the totalitarian leader excelled elsewhere: he holds the Guinness World Record for the greatest number of political offices held by one individual.