Fyodor Tertitskiy is an expert in North Korean politics and the military and a contributor to NK News and NK Pro. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Seoul National University, and is author of “North Korea before Kim Il Sung,” which you buy here.
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Mysterious official's long tenure provides clues of DPRK system under Kim Il Sung
Long before the 30,000 defector era, reception was much different for the few who made it
Sympathetic in first days, the narrative later turned to condemnation of America's new wars
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Access to documents from 70s and 80s 'dark era' still most difficult, but may improve in future
The DPRK's "military first" policy never had major policy implications
Pyongyang saw the fall of its longstanding backer with understandable trepidation
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