Jang Jin-sung was the former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il’s poet laureate and propagandist. He is now one of the most high profile figures to defect from the country and has written a book about his experience called Dear Leader, with the academic Shirley Lee – who acts as his translator.

“The day I met the leader the facade was torn, I realised there were two Kim Jong-ils in this world; one, a man that the party machinery had created and the other who was standing in front of me,” he tells the BBC’s Mishal Husain.