The Digital Journalist
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For decades North Korea has been one of the world's most secretive societies. It is one of the few remaining countries still under communist rule. Hopes that its rigid isolation might be coming to an end have been scotched by an ongoing nuclear crisis. North Korea emerged in 1948 amid the chaos following the end of World War II. Its history is dominated by its Great Leader, Kim Il-Sung, who shaped political affairs for almost half a century.