Earth & Conservation

North Korea's Kim Dynasty Explained

North Korea's Kim dynasty is known for its discreet, but repressive, governance. So what exactly do we know about this ruling family?

North Korea has been shrouded in secrecy since its formation in 1948, thanks in large part to the Kim dynasty. Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-Il and today, Kim Jong-Un, have each contributed to North Korea becoming the most repressive country in the world.

Much of the Kim government is based on the philosphy of "Juche" meaning "self-reliance." This is the idea that a country can succeed without any military or economic help from foreign powers, and it's been North Korea's defining policy since 1972.

What else do we know about North Korea's Kim dynasty and the way they run the country? Watch today's Seeker Daily video to find out.

Learn More:

The Guardian: North Korea's Kim Dynasty: the Making of a Personality Cult

PBS: In the Land of the Dear Leader

ABC: The Kims of North Korea: How Myth and Propaganda Sustain a Family Dynasty