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Kim il sung the north korean leader studies of the east asian institute studies of the weatherhead east asian institute columbia university series author dae sook suh edition illustrated reprint reissue revised publisher columbia university press 1988 isbn 0231065736 9780231065733 length 443 pages subjects. Many of north koreas most unique features now set in stone were defined in the first months of its existence between august and september 1945 unfortunately this period is not widely covered in history books although it was on august 15 that emperor hirohito announced the surrender of japan the majority of authors begin the story of . North korean soldiers carry flags and a photo of kim il sung during a military parade in pyongyang ap when the adults cheered for independence i joined them he is quoted as saying. Unlike the other asian stalinist regimes china vietnam laos and cambodia the north korean regime although it never joined the warsaw pact and from the 1950s had moved towards maos china rather than russia was not created by an indigenous re. Image kim il sung mosaic north korea by eric lafforgue on 2010 04 25 043628 on august 8 1945 when the soviet union attacked imperial japan kim il sung was still a nobody he a mere captain of the red army hardly dreamed about leading a country