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North Korean Premier Kim Il-sung in Moscow. The first supreme leader of North Korea, Kim Il-sung (1912-1994) led the Democratic People's Republic of Korea from its establishment in 1948 until his death in 1994. At the time of this photograph (1971) he was a member of the Political Committee of the WPK (Workers Party of Korea) Central Committee, secretary of the WPK Central Committee, and first deputy chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers. He held the post of Premier from 1948 to 1972, and then became the country's first President. North Korea is a socialist state with totalitarian rule and a cult of personality around Kim Il-sung and his family who have ruled the country for over 70 years. Photographed in April 1971, in the clothing workshop of the Moscow Krasnaya Zarya (Red Dawn) clothing factory in the USSR.
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