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As a journalist, Bradley K. Martin has covered Korea and other parts of Asia for a quarter century, including stints as bureau chief for The Baltimore Sun, The Asian Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Asia Times (for which he wrote a "Pyongyang Watch" column), and Asian Financial Intelligence. Since 1979, he has had four prolonged stays in North Korea and more direct access to the country than most any other American journalist. He is currently a journalist in residence at Louisiana State University.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Kim, Chæong-il, 1942-Kim, Il-sæong, 1912-Heads of state Korea (North) Biography, Kim family, Korea (North) Politics and government