May 16, 2021

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Why North Korea abandoned its quest to lead the ‘third world’

Author Benjamin Young discusses his new book, “Guns, Guerillas, and the Great Leader: North Korea and the Third World” 

North Korea has a reputation for being a so-called “hermit kingdom,” with an official ideology of “self-reliance” and little authorized contact between its everyday citizens and the outside world.

But the country’s roots lie in Soviet and Chinese support, and former North Korean leader Kim Il Sung once dreamed of and worked towards a nation that stood prominently in the “developing countries” circuit.