Leader of the 1960s Korean Miracle, who was then president of a dictator, dies at 90

Park Chung-hee has died at the age of 90. The Korean Daeung Ilbo reports that Park, who was first president of South Korea from 1960 to 1971, became the country’s ruler again after Kim Il-sung, the founder of the country, was assassinated in 1968. Park would serve another five years before being overthrown in a coup, and becoming a prisoner of the Japanese regime. He was not released until 1979, and a decade later he was found dead after an assassination attempt by fellow officers from his North Korean-backed armed opposition.

Today South Korea, a nation of South Korea, became the first to successfully host the Asian Games, the Asian Winter Olympics and the Summer Olympics in the same year. Yet Park’s legacy is one of a United States policy makers labeled “Citizen Kim.” Under Park, tens of thousands of South Koreans were thrown into internment camps while millions more were arrested and interned under what was commonly known as the “military command.” His legacy as a dictator remains relevant to the current political situation in South Korea, as President Moon Jae-in is in part responsible for any possibility of presidential impeachment of South Korean military strongman Park Geun-hye.

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