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

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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