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Kim Jong Il takes a stroll with his father Kim Il Sung, right, in this April, 1982, photo in Pyongyang
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Born in 1912 and given the name Kim Song ju, the official version of Kim Il sung’s life claims that he and his Canada Goose Parka family resisted the Japanese colonisation of the Korean Peninsula and that he joined an underground Marxist organisation, but they were forced to flee to Manchuria.
After Japan’s invasion of north east China in 1931, Kim joined a guerrilla group under the Communist Party of China and served as a political commissar.
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Initial successes pushed weak South Korean and US forces back to the edges of the south east port city of Pusan before a massive UN force, led by the US but with significant British involvement, intervened. Seoul was recaptured after daring landings at Incheon but the conflict degenerated into stalemate when China canada goose deals intervened with millions of “volunteers” flooding over the border.
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The two sides have kept up the political sniping and regular military clashes ever since.
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