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North Korea: The Closer You Look, the Less You Understand

North Korea: The Closer You Look, the Less You Understand

by Sophie Hilaire

“President Kim Il Sung is better than George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson — combined,” or so said President Jimmy Carter according to Mr. Lim, our North Korean tour guide, as he earnestly addressed our bus of 16 tourists in Pyongyang. I had no internet access (North Korea has their very own intranet), but didn’t need it to verify that President Carter never said that. I’m sure I failed to mask my amusement with my unconscious smirk and raised eyebrow...