North Korean President Kim Il-sung, centre, pictured in 1987. Photo: AP North Korean President Kim Il-sung, centre, pictured in 1987. Photo: AP
North Korean President Kim Il-sung, centre, pictured in 1987. Photo: AP
North Korea

Did Kim Il-sung imagine his ‘martyred’ Chinese best friend Zhang Weihua?

  • In Kim’s memoirs, Zhang Weihua is hailed as a saviour who gifted guns to anti-Japanese guerillas and took his own life to save the North Korean leader
  • But as is so often the case with the hermit kingdom, the truth of the matter is difficult to discern amid all the embellishments and political propaganda

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North Korean President Kim Il-sung, centre, pictured in 1987. Photo: AP North Korean President Kim Il-sung, centre, pictured in 1987. Photo: AP
North Korean President Kim Il-sung, centre, pictured in 1987. Photo: AP
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