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Inside Kim Jong Il's mind

GlobalPost's North Korea columnist explains what drives the Axis of Evil's staunchest member. "Essentially, they are extortionists."

(KCNA/Reuters)

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Following Pyongyang’s recent nuclear test, we hosted a call with veteran North Korea correspondent Bradley K. Martin, one of the few Western journalists who has repeatedly visited the reclusive country. In the half hour conversation, Martin explained the inner workings of the Kim Jong Il regime.

Here is a brief excerpt of an exchange with a Passport member, in which Martin explains how the last remnants of the North Korean economy operate.
 

 

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http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/asia/090616/inside-the-mind-kim-jong-il