Suh Dae-sook, a pioneering scholar of North Korean studies who wrote one of the most authoritative biographies of founding leader Kim Il Sung, died last week at the age of 90.
Born in Manchuria in 1931, Suh spent his childhood years in the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo, the same place where Kim Il Sung was fighting his guerilla role against Imperial Japan.
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Fyodor Tertitskiy is a leading researcher at Seoul’s Kookmin University. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Seoul National University and is the author of several books on North Korean history and military in English and Korean.
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