Kim Jong Il

Self-Confidence With Nukes

A portly man who has been suspected of wearing platform shoes and having an unhealthy appetite for movies--and movie stars--can be expected to be the butt of jokes. But North Korea's Dear Leader is no laughing matter. Since his accession to power on the death of his father Kim Il Sung, in 1994, Kim Jong Il has shown that an economic basket case of a state, which at times has been unable to feed its people, and which is brutally authoritarian, can still manage to keep the great powers off balance--so long as it has, or plausibly threatens to have, nuclear...

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