Brazil is one of North Korea’s few friends in the world
The only country in the Americas with embassies in North and South Korea has expanded ties with DPRK since 2001
A few years ago, a news report revealed that the Brazilian Embassy in Prague had issued fake passports in 1996 for two unlikely individuals — former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and his then-teenage son Kim Jong Un.
The Kims likely chose Brazil due to the country’s ethnic diversity and the relative ease of faking its passports. Indeed, even the Brazilian government admitted that its passport was one of the most commonly faked before the introduction of new security features in 2006.
But beyond these practical concerns, the revelation underscored that the Kim family has been
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