Photo Essay: Inside the World of Kim Jong Il

He’s among the most enigmatic and feared leaders on the planet. The few facts that we do know about Kim Jong Il are shrouded in suspicion and misinformation. Which makes the account of his former teacher in the September/October issue of Foreign Policy all the more rare. Follow the story of the strange life and times of the North Korean dictator in this FP photo essay.

Photoillustration by Elizabeth Glassanos; Photo by AFP/Getty Images