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UNDERCOVER IN NORTH KOREA 3 OF 3

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UNDERCOVER IN NORTH KOREA PART 3 OF 3

North Korea is officially described as a Juche (self-reliance) State. Government is organized as a dictatorship. Kim Il-sung, the founder of North Korea, was the country's first and only president. Following his death in 1994 he was not replaced, instead receiving the designation of "Eternal President", and rests in the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in central Pyongyang. The active position has been abolished in deference to the memory of Kim Il-sung.

The de facto head of state is Kim Jong-il, who is Chairman of the National Defense Commission as well as the Eternal President's son. The legislature of North Korea is the Supreme People's Assembly, currently led by President Kim Yong-nam. The other senior government leader is Premier Kim Yong-il.

North Korea is a single-party state with a Stalinist, authoritarian, and totalitarian regime. The governing party is the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland, a coalition made up of three smaller parties, the Workers' Party of Korea, the Korean Social Democratic Party and the Chondoist Chongu Party. These parties nominate all candidates for office and hold all seats in the Supreme People's Assembly.

Multiple international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, accuse North Korea of having one of the worst human rights records of any nation, with severe restrictions on political and economic freedoms. North Korean defectors have testified to the existence of prison and detention camps with an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 inmates, and have reported torture, starvation, rape, murder, medical experimentation and forced labor

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