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North Korea's Kim Jong Il Profiled

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North Korea's Kim Jong Il Profiled

North Korea's Kim Jong Il Profiled

North Korea's Kim Jong Il Profiled

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A new article by Peter Maass in today's New York Times Magazine sheds light on Kim Jong Il, the enigmatic leader of North Korea. NPR's Liane Hansen speaks with Maass about Kim's nuclear weapons program, why he pursues a stronger military despite his country's poverty, and why it's not so easy to compare Kim with Saddam Hussein.