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Interviews with Kim Seong Min

Interviewed June 23, 2024

The people of North Korea are educated from when they are very young that Kim Il Sung [Kim Il Sung was the founder of North Korea’s communist state and ruled from 1948 until his death in 1994, when he was succeeded by his son, Kim Jong Il.] and Kim Jong Il [Kim Jong Il was the dictator of North Korea from 1994 until his death in 2011.] are the greatest leaders in the world. The faith that they have for Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il go beyond the normal faith of world religions. It is not until they escape that they realize that it is all lies.

The North Korean people are led to believe that they have free healthcare, free education, and pay no taxes and that they cannot function in any other system so they become proud. The North Korean people have no way of comparing because of the restrictions on news and information. The North Korean regime uses this to their advantage. For example in the textbooks, in their broadcasts, and in the media they only show few countries that are loyal to the Kim Jong Il regime such as Cuba and some African countries on how they export to North Korea or how they are loyal. They are also taught that in capitalistic nations such as South Korea, that if you don´t have money you can’t go to school or receive healthcare.

So it is with this distorted information that the North Korean people are unaware of the outside world and therefore makes them slaves to the Kim Jong Il regime. In regards to Kim Il Sung, aside from the education I got in North Korea, when I came here I did some searches on Kim Il Sung’s personality and discovered that he was a real partisan and fought against the Japanese colonial rule. It is questionable how sincere he was, but at the very least he wanted to liberate the Korean peninsula from the Japanese colonial rule.

After the liberation from the Japanese colonial rule he made the wrong choice and made a decision based on two political visions. The first one was backed by the US which was a free market democracy and the second one was USSR led which adhered to the socialist bloc. Kim Il Sung chose the Soviet style system and wanted to imitate the proletarian system of the USSR. Kim Il Sung created the Worker’s Party and the North Korean Army, which both serve to commit atrocities against the North Korean people today.

This kind of tyranny was passed down to his son Kim Jong Il and he is still ruling under that system. According to the standards set by the international community, North Korean is following none of them. It creates nuclear threats, smuggles drugs, and is engaged in counterfeit activities. I am not sure what history will state about the regime but I am positive that the North Korean people will curse and punish the Kim family.