February 22, 2020

Reflections on missed opportunities of Kim Il Sung’s death
Dr. Mark Barry, who met Kim Il Sung weeks before his death, reflects on missed opportunities following his death
Twenty years ago, on July 8, 1994, Kim Il Sung suddenly died – 17 days before what would have been the first inter-Korean summit. The weeks leading up to Kim’s death – even his funeral itself – were rare moments of opportunity missed by South Korea and the United States. Over two decades, he was first succeeded by his son, Kim Jong Il, until his death in December 2011, and then by his