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Kim Jong Il Essay

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North Korea is one of the world’s most secluded and isolated nations. It gradually became more and more secluded during the 1980s. The increasing isolation of North Korea had to do with the tension between North Korea, the United States and South Korea; two of North Korea’s greatest enemies. Kim Jong Il became North Korea’s powerful leader in 1994, succeeding his father, Kim Il Sung, who had been training Kim Jong-Il for 20 years to rule North Korea. For almost two decades, Kim Jong Il controlled every single aspect of North Korea. Through his strict policies, terroristic actions, and his relationships with other nations, Kim Jong Il became known as one of the most harsh and influential ...view middle of the document...

Its citizens saw their leader as a god-like figure. Kim Jong Il was positioned to control all aspects of the government Portraits of Kim Jong Il and his father are posted around public places, schools, and homes in North Korea. In 1993, before he became the ruler of the DPRK, Kim Jong Il ordered the issue of the Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army. The Supreme Commander is the highest post in command of the Korean People's Army, the armed forces of North Korea, and is in charge of one of the largest standing armies in the world with around 5.9 million active duty personnel and reserves [Wikipedia, Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army]. Kim Jong Il being the Supreme Commander put North Korea in a state of semi-war. Although he had learned about military at a young age and had a deep understanding of it, Kim Jong Il’s weak point was in military, due to his lack of military service. Kim Jong Il lacked the respect from other ruling communist leaders and militaries, who saw Kim as an inexperienced leader. After Kim Il Sung’s death in 1994, Kim Jong Il implemented the Songun policy which sets Korean People’s Army as North Korea’s first priority.
Many nations disagree with North Korea’s communist government and strict policies. North Korea’s nearest allies were the Soviet Union and China. China...

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