Rogue Regime: Kim Jong Il and the Looming Threat of North Korea

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Acknowledgments

The North Korean challenge caught my imagination on my first visit in 1986. It seemed then, and it still does, the strangest and most haunting place I could ever have imagined. Any attempt to research it is hard, and the risk of failure is high, the journalistic equivalent of trying to climb the north face of the Eiger. The handholds are few and often slippery, so one is particularly grateful for the ropes and pitons left behind by others who have gone before.

In addition to the authors listed in the bibliography, I am particularly grateful for help from Paul Shin and his wife, who arranged many interviews, organized translations, and guided me through the baffling complexities of spelling Korean names in English.

Editor Dedi Felman of Oxford University Press conceived of the project and pushed it through even though it changed shape several times.

In America, thanks go to Andrew Natsios, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Ellsworth Culver of Mercy Corps International, Scott Snyder of the Asia Foundation, Debra Liang-Fenton, executive director of the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, Dennis Halpin of the House International Relations Committee, Congressman Mark Kirk, and Tim Peters of Helping Hands Korea.

In South Korea, I must mention Kwak Daekung of the Network for North Korean Democracy and Human Rights, Haksoon Paik of the Sejong Institute, Professor Chung Min Lee of Yonsei University, Chun Ki Won of the Durihana Mission, human rights activist Sang Hun Kim, Venerable Pomnyun, and Jenny Park.

Among the scholars who helped are Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute, Dr. Kathryn Weathersby of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Cold War International History Project, Hungarian scholar Balazcs Szalontai, and German scholar Bernd Schaefer.

Although I did not speak to them directly, I benefited a great deal from reading the articles, interviews, and books by top Korean watchers including: Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., the leading expert on the North Korean military; historian Bruce Cumings; Chuck Downs; Don Oberdorfer; Aidan Foster-Carter of Leeds University; Professor Victor D. Cha; Selig Harrison; and economist Marcus Noland.

Many people who worked in Pyongyang have been generous with their advice, including Christian C. Lemaire of the United Nations Development Program, Kathi Zellweger of

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  • Rogue Regime - Kim Jong IL and the Looming Threat of North Korea iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface: Rogue State ix
  • Rogue Regime xv
  • Introduction 1
  • Chapter 1 - Famine and Flight 20
  • Chapter 2 - The Kim Dynasty 40
  • Chapter 3 - The Making of a God King 64
  • Chapter 4 - Slave State 85
  • Chapter 5 - North Korea’s Economic Collapse 101
  • Chapter 6 - Kim Jong Il’s Court 124
  • Chapter 7 - Kim Jong Il—the Terrorist Master 146
  • Chapter 8 - Nuclear Warlord 165
  • Chapter 9 - Kim Jong Il—the Reformer 190
  • Chapter 10 - The United Nations and Genocide 209
  • Chapter 11 - Kim Dae Jung and the South Korean Way 228
  • Chapter 12 - Grappling with a Rogue State 249
  • Afterword 266
  • Notes 275
  • Bibliography 287
  • Acknowledgments 293
  • Index 295
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