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    A Look Inside North Korea (121 Photos)


    A girl carries a flower through a memorial cemetery in Pyongyang, North Korea, for men and women who died fighting against the Japanese occupation. Photographed on April 21, 2011. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


    A girl carries a flower through a memorial cemetery in Pyongyang, North Korea, for men and women who died fighting against the Japanese occupation. Photographed on April 21, 2011. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




    In this April 13, 2011 photo, a North Korean traffic police officer stands along a street in central Pyongyang, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


    In this April 13, 2011 photo, a North Korean traffic police officer stands along a street in central Pyongyang, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




    In this April 15, 2011 photo, families have their photographs taken in front of the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang, North Korea. The palace, which was the official residence of Kim Il Sung until his death in 1994, is now a mausoleum where his embalmed body lies in state. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


    In this April 15, 2011 photo, families have their photographs taken in front of the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang, North Korea. The palace, which was the official residence of Kim Il Sung until his death in 1994, is now a mausoleum where his embalmed body lies in state. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




    In this April 21, 2011 photo, men operate a manual rail car on tracks running along the West Sea barrage near Nampho, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


    In this April 21, 2011 photo, men operate a manual rail car on tracks running along the West Sea barrage near Nampho, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




    In this April 15, 2011 photo, a city tram carries passengers in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


    In this April 15, 2011 photo, a city tram carries passengers in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




    In this April 21, 2011 photo, a woman sits at a small table selling snacks on the roadside along the West Sea Barrage near Nampho, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


    In this April 21, 2011 photo, a woman sits at a small table selling snacks on the roadside along the West Sea Barrage near Nampho, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




    In this April 13, 2011 photo, two female North Korean soldiers hold hands as they tour the birthplace of Kim Il Sung at Mangyongdae, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


    In this April 13, 2011 photo, two female North Korean soldiers hold hands as they tour the birthplace of Kim Il Sung at Mangyongdae, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




    In this March 9, 2011 photo, a woman works on a library computer at the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea is undergoing a digital revolution of sorts, even as it holds some of the strictest cyberspace policies in the world. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


    In this March 9, 2011 photo, a woman works on a library computer at the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea is undergoing a digital revolution of sorts, even as it holds some of the strictest cyberspace policies in the world. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




    In this April 13, 2011 photo, North Korean soldiers, foreground, and North Korean traffic police, background, tour the birthplace of Kim Il Sung to pay their respects at Mangyongdae, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


    In this April 13, 2011 photo, North Korean soldiers, foreground, and North Korean traffic police, background, tour the birthplace of Kim Il Sung to pay their respects at Mangyongdae, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




    In this March 9, 2011 photo, a girl plays the piano inside the Changgwang Elementary School in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


    In this March 9, 2011 photo, a girl plays the piano inside the Changgwang Elementary School in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




    Women perform a dance routine with badminton rackets at an event to mark the birthday of Kim Il Sung at a park in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 15, 2011. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


    Women perform a dance routine with badminton rackets at an event to mark the birthday of Kim Il Sung at a park in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 15, 2011. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




    Children look through a subway car window in Pyongyang, North Korea, on March 10, 2011. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


    Children look through a subway car window in Pyongyang, North Korea, on March 10, 2011. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




    A view of central Pyongyang, North Korea, at dusk on April 12, 2011. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


    A view of central Pyongyang, North Korea, at dusk on April 12, 2011. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




    North Koreans react as they make a call of condolence for deceased leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, on December 21, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


    North Koreans react as they make a call of condolence for deceased leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, on December 21, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




    In this photo taken on December 28, 2011 a car carries a portrait of Kim Jong-Il during the funeral procession in Pyongyang. Millions of grief-stricken people turned out to mourn Kim Jong-Il, whose death has left the world scrambling for details about his young successor. (Photo by Reuters/Kyodo)


    In this photo taken on December 28, 2011 a car carries a portrait of Kim Jong-Il during the funeral procession in Pyongyang. Millions of grief-stricken people turned out to mourn Kim Jong-Il, whose death has left the world scrambling for details about his young successor. (Photo by Reuters/Kyodo)




    North Koreans mourn their deceased leader Kim Jong Il at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang, on December 27, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


    North Koreans mourn their deceased leader Kim Jong Il at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang, on December 27, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




    North Koreans weep for their deceased leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, on December 23, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


    North Koreans weep for their deceased leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, on December 23, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




    Chinese tourists buy North Korean souvenirs beside the Yalu River Bridge leading to North Korea during the funeral of the late leader Kim Jong Il, at the Chinese border town of Dandong on December 28, 2011. (Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP Photo)


    Chinese tourists buy North Korean souvenirs beside the Yalu River Bridge leading to North Korea during the funeral of the late leader Kim Jong Il, at the Chinese border town of Dandong on December 28, 2011. (Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP Photo)




    Mourners cry during the funeral procession for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang, North Korea Wednesday, December 28, 2011. (Photo by AP Photo/Kyodo News)


    Mourners cry during the funeral procession for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang, North Korea Wednesday, December 28, 2011. (Photo by AP Photo/Kyodo News)




    North Korean traffic control women weep for deceased leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang in this photo taken by Kyodo on December 21, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/Kyodo)


    North Korean traffic control women weep for deceased leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang in this photo taken by Kyodo on December 21, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/Kyodo)




    A South Korean soldier watches a television showing North Korean military personnel during their leader Kim Jong Il's funeral at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, December 28, 2011. (Photo by Ahn Young-joon/AP Photo)


    A South Korean soldier watches a television showing North Korean military personnel during their leader Kim Jong Il's funeral at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, December 28, 2011. (Photo by Ahn Young-joon/AP Photo)




    North Koreans cover funeral flowers offered by mourners for their deceased leader Kim Jong Il as snow falls in Pyongyang, on December 23, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


    North Koreans cover funeral flowers offered by mourners for their deceased leader Kim Jong Il as snow falls in Pyongyang, on December 23, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




    North Korean children mourn their deceased leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, on December 27, 2011 in this photo released by the North's KCNA on December 28, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


    North Korean children mourn their deceased leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, on December 27, 2011 in this photo released by the North's KCNA on December 28, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




    In this December 26, 2011 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo Tuesday, December 27, 2011 by the Korea News Service, North Korean laborers at Kim Jong Tae electric locomotive association complex cheer for their production performance at a ceremony held to mourn the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang, North Korea. The sign at left reads: [Let's change our sadness to strength and courage]. (Photo by AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)


    In this December 26, 2011 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo Tuesday, December 27, 2011 by the Korea News Service, North Korean laborers at Kim Jong Tae electric locomotive association complex cheer for their production performance at a ceremony held to mourn the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang, North Korea. The sign at left reads: [Let's change our sadness to strength and courage]. (Photo by AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)




    North Korea's new leader Kim Jong Un (4th from left) salutes as he and his uncle Jang Song-thaek (3rd from left) accompany the hearse carrying the coffin of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during his funeral procession in Pyongyang, on December 28, 2011. North Korea's military staged a huge funeral procession on Wednesday in the snowy streets of the capital Pyongyang for its deceased [dear leader], Kim Jong Il, readying a transition to his son, Kim Jong-un. Ri Yong-ho, Chief of General Staff of the Korea People's Army, salutes on the right. (Photo by Reuters/Kyodo)


    North Korea's new leader Kim Jong Un (4th from left) salutes as he and his uncle Jang Song-thaek (3rd from left) accompany the hearse carrying the coffin of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during his funeral procession in Pyongyang, on December 28, 2011. North Korea's military staged a huge funeral procession on Wednesday in the snowy streets of the capital Pyongyang for its deceased [dear leader], Kim Jong Il, readying a transition to his son, Kim Jong-un. Ri Yong-ho, Chief of General Staff of the Korea People's Army, salutes on the right. (Photo by Reuters/Kyodo)




    Kim Jong Un visits Mokran Video Company in Pyongyang in this undated picture released by the North's official KCNA news agency on September 11, 2011. KCNA did not state precisely when the picture was taken. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


    Kim Jong Un visits Mokran Video Company in Pyongyang in this undated picture released by the North's official KCNA news agency on September 11, 2011. KCNA did not state precisely when the picture was taken. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




    This picture taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on January 23, 2012 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visiting with students at the Mangyongdae Revolutionary School in Pyongyang. (Photo by AFP Photo/KNS)


    This picture taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on January 23, 2012 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visiting with students at the Mangyongdae Revolutionary School in Pyongyang. (Photo by AFP Photo/KNS)




    Closely escorted, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Command of Large Combined Unit 671 of the Korean People's Army in this undated picture released by the North's KCNA in Pyongyang, on January 22, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


    Closely escorted, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Command of Large Combined Unit 671 of the Korean People's Army in this undated picture released by the North's KCNA in Pyongyang, on January 22, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits Unit 1017 of the Korean People's Army Air Force in an undisclosed location in this undated recent picture released by the North's KCNA in Pyongyang, on January 31, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits Unit 1017 of the Korean People's Army Air Force in an undisclosed location in this undated recent picture released by the North's KCNA in Pyongyang, on January 31, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




    This picture taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un greeting students during a visit to the Mangyongdae Revolutionary School on January 23, 2012. (Photo by AFP Photo/KNS)


    This picture taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un greeting students during a visit to the Mangyongdae Revolutionary School on January 23, 2012. (Photo by AFP Photo/KNS)




    Kim Jong Un speaks during a trip to the Seoul Ryu Kyong Su 105 Guards Tank Division of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in Pyongyang, in this picture released on January 1, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


    Kim Jong Un speaks during a trip to the Seoul Ryu Kyong Su 105 Guards Tank Division of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in Pyongyang, in this picture released on January 1, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




    The leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, poses with members of the Western Area Aviation Club after watching a demonstration by them in an undisclosed location in this undated picture released on January 28, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


    The leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, poses with members of the Western Area Aviation Club after watching a demonstration by them in an undisclosed location in this undated picture released on January 28, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




    Villagers push their bicycles on a road between fields northwest of Pyongyang, on April 8, 2012. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)


    Villagers push their bicycles on a road between fields northwest of Pyongyang, on April 8, 2012. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)




    North Korean officials and foreign journalists leave the launch pad after a visit to see the rocket Unha-3 at Tangachai -ri space center on April 8, 2012. (Photo by Pedro Ugarte/AFP Photo)


    North Korean officials and foreign journalists leave the launch pad after a visit to see the rocket Unha-3 at Tangachai -ri space center on April 8, 2012. (Photo by Pedro Ugarte/AFP Photo)




    In this Wednesday, December 12, 2012 file photo, North Korean youths dance before the Pyongyang Grand Theatre in Pyongyang, North Korea, to celebrate a rocket launch after North Korea successfully fired a long-range rocket. (Photo by Jon Chol Jin/AP Photo)


    In this Wednesday, December 12, 2012 file photo, North Korean youths dance before the Pyongyang Grand Theatre in Pyongyang, North Korea, to celebrate a rocket launch after North Korea successfully fired a long-range rocket. (Photo by Jon Chol Jin/AP Photo)




    In this April 16, 2012 photo, North Korean soldiers sing at the Pyongyang indoor gymnasium to commemorate late president Kim Il Sung's 100th birthday in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)


    In this April 16, 2012 photo, North Korean soldiers sing at the Pyongyang indoor gymnasium to commemorate late president Kim Il Sung's 100th birthday in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)




    North Koreans commute to work in Pyongyang on April 8, 2012. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth on April 15 with top-level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson's credentials. (Photo by Pedro Ugarte/AFP Photo)


    North Koreans commute to work in Pyongyang on April 8, 2012. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth on April 15 with top-level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson's credentials. (Photo by Pedro Ugarte/AFP Photo)




    In this July 25, 2012 file photo released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and distributed in Tokyo by the Korea News Service, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, accompanied by his wife Ri Sol Ju, waves to the crowd as they inspect the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground in Pyongyang. (Photo by AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)


    In this July 25, 2012 file photo released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and distributed in Tokyo by the Korea News Service, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, accompanied by his wife Ri Sol Ju, waves to the crowd as they inspect the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground in Pyongyang. (Photo by AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)




    A North Korean student learns to drive a tractor on a computerized driving simulator at the Samjiyon School children's Palace in Samjiyon, North Korea, on April 3, 2012. The facility was built for children to take part in after school programs in the arts, sciences, sports, computer and vocational training. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


    A North Korean student learns to drive a tractor on a computerized driving simulator at the Samjiyon School children's Palace in Samjiyon, North Korea, on April 3, 2012. The facility was built for children to take part in after school programs in the arts, sciences, sports, computer and vocational training. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




    North Koreans dance during a rehearsal for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of their founding leader Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, on April 9, 2012. (Photo by Pedro Ugarte/AFP Photo)


    North Koreans dance during a rehearsal for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of their founding leader Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, on April 9, 2012. (Photo by Pedro Ugarte/AFP Photo)




    A woman works in the Kim Jong-suk Pyongyang Silk Mill in Pyongyang, on April 9, 2012. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)


    A woman works in the Kim Jong-suk Pyongyang Silk Mill in Pyongyang, on April 9, 2012. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)




    A North Korean traffic coordinator stands on duty in Pyongyang, on April 10, 2012. (Photo by Ng Han Guan/AP Photo)


    A North Korean traffic coordinator stands on duty in Pyongyang, on April 10, 2012. (Photo by Ng Han Guan/AP Photo)




    Soldiers march in a military parade in Pyongyang, on April 15, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)


    Soldiers march in a military parade in Pyongyang, on April 15, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)




    Dancers perform during a gala show in Pyongyang, on April 16, 2012. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)


    Dancers perform during a gala show in Pyongyang, on April 16, 2012. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)




    North Korean soldiers march during a mass military parade in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square, on Sunday, April 15, 2012. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


    North Korean soldiers march during a mass military parade in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square, on Sunday, April 15, 2012. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




    North Korea Parade New Missile April 15, 2012. North Korea Celebrates Nuclear Testing. (Photo by Boaz Guttman)


    North Korea Parade New Missile April 15, 2012. North Korea Celebrates Nuclear Testing. (Photo by Boaz Guttman)




    North Korea Parade New Missile April 15, 2012. North Korea Celebrates Nuclear Testing. (Photo by Boaz Guttman)


    North Korea Parade New Missile April 15, 2012. North Korea Celebrates Nuclear Testing. (Photo by Boaz Guttman)




    North Korea Parade New Missile April 15, 2012. North Korea Celebrates Nuclear Testing. (Photo by Boaz Guttman)


    North Korea Parade New Missile April 15, 2012. North Korea Celebrates Nuclear Testing. (Photo by Boaz Guttman)




    Soldiers march past the podium during a military parade to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, on April 15, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)


    Soldiers march past the podium during a military parade to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, on April 15, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)




    Soldiers march in formation during a military parade in Pyongyang, on April 15, 2012. (Photo by Ed Jones/AFP Photo)


    Soldiers march in formation during a military parade in Pyongyang, on April 15, 2012. (Photo by Ed Jones/AFP Photo)




    Soldiers run into a stadium to join a ceremony in Pyongyang, on April 14, 2012. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)


    Soldiers run into a stadium to join a ceremony in Pyongyang, on April 14, 2012. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)




    A soldier looks back during a ceremony in Pyongyang, on April 14, 2012, one day before the centenary of the birth of North Korea founder Kim Il-sung. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)


    A soldier looks back during a ceremony in Pyongyang, on April 14, 2012, one day before the centenary of the birth of North Korea founder Kim Il-sung. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)




    Dancers stand in formation and sing in a gala show in Pyongyang, on April 16, 2012. The performance was part of the celebration on the centenary of the birth of Kim Il Sung. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)


    Dancers stand in formation and sing in a gala show in Pyongyang, on April 16, 2012. The performance was part of the celebration on the centenary of the birth of Kim Il Sung. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)




    Rockets are carried by military vehicles during a military parade in Pyongyang, on April 15, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


    Rockets are carried by military vehicles during a military parade in Pyongyang, on April 15, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




    A North Korean woman weeps while singing a song about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the end of a mass dance performance in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, on April 16, 2012. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


    A North Korean woman weeps while singing a song about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the end of a mass dance performance in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, on April 16, 2012. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




    A North Korean woman looks up at balloons overhead at the end of an unveiling ceremony for statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, on April 13, 2012. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


    A North Korean woman looks up at balloons overhead at the end of an unveiling ceremony for statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, on April 13, 2012. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




    A dancer dressed as a soldier takes part in a gala show in Pyongyang, on April 16, 2012. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)


    A dancer dressed as a soldier takes part in a gala show in Pyongyang, on April 16, 2012. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)




    North Koreans watch a theater performance during celebrations to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang, on April 16, 2012. (Photo by Pedro Ugarte/AFP Photo)


    North Koreans watch a theater performance during celebrations to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang, on April 16, 2012. (Photo by Pedro Ugarte/AFP Photo)




    A North Korean teacher walks down a flight of stairs at a nursery school in the northeastern North Korean border town of Sinuiju, on December 15, 2012. (Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP Photo)


    A North Korean teacher walks down a flight of stairs at a nursery school in the northeastern North Korean border town of Sinuiju, on December 15, 2012. (Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP Photo)




    North Korean farmer O Yong Ae sits at her home during an interview at the Migok Cooperative farm in Sariwon, North Hwanghae Province, North Korea, on September 23, 2012. Farmers would be able to keep a bigger share of their crops under proposed changes aiming to boost production by North Korea's collective farms, which have chronically struggled to provide enough food for the country's 24 million people. Current rules require them to turn everything over to the state beyond what farmers can keep to feed their families. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)


    North Korean farmer O Yong Ae sits at her home during an interview at the Migok Cooperative farm in Sariwon, North Hwanghae Province, North Korea, on September 23, 2012. Farmers would be able to keep a bigger share of their crops under proposed changes aiming to boost production by North Korea's collective farms, which have chronically struggled to provide enough food for the country's 24 million people. Current rules require them to turn everything over to the state beyond what farmers can keep to feed their families. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)




    North Korean children carry hay on a road near Mount Kuwol in South Hwanghae province, on November 20, 2012. (Photo by Ng Han Guan/AP Photo)


    North Korean children carry hay on a road near Mount Kuwol in South Hwanghae province, on November 20, 2012. (Photo by Ng Han Guan/AP Photo)




    A North Korean fisherman pilots a boat with cormorants perched onboard, in the Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, facing the Chinese border city of Dandong, on October 23, 2012. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)


    A North Korean fisherman pilots a boat with cormorants perched onboard, in the Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, facing the Chinese border city of Dandong, on October 23, 2012. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)




    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un prepares to take a ride with other high-level officials during the opening ceremony of the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground along the Taedong River in Pyongyang, on July 25, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un prepares to take a ride with other high-level officials during the opening ceremony of the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground along the Taedong River in Pyongyang, on July 25, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) and his wife Ri Sol-Ju attend the opening ceremony of the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground on Rungna Islet along the Taedong River in Pyongyang in this July 25, 2012 photograph released by the North's KCNA to Reuters on July 26, 2012.The Rungna People's Pleasure Ground has attractions such as a dolphinarium, a wading pool, a fun fair and a mini golf course, according to KCNA. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) and his wife Ri Sol-Ju attend the opening ceremony of the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground on Rungna Islet along the Taedong River in Pyongyang in this July 25, 2012 photograph released by the North's KCNA to Reuters on July 26, 2012.The Rungna People's Pleasure Ground has attractions such as a dolphinarium, a wading pool, a fun fair and a mini golf course, according to KCNA. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




    North Korean students study in front of portraits of the country's late leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and his son Kim Jong Il at the Kim Chaek University of Technology in Pyongyang, on September 20, 2012. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)


    North Korean students study in front of portraits of the country's late leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and his son Kim Jong Il at the Kim Chaek University of Technology in Pyongyang, on September 20, 2012. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)




    North Korean war veterans arrive to attend celebrations of [War Victory Day], which falls on July 27, of the 1950-53 Korean War in Pyongyang, on July 26, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


    North Korean war veterans arrive to attend celebrations of [War Victory Day], which falls on July 27, of the 1950-53 Korean War in Pyongyang, on July 26, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




    In this September 17, 2012 photo, the sun sets over the tower of the Juche Idea in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)


    In this September 17, 2012 photo, the sun sets over the tower of the Juche Idea in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)




    A group of North Koreans pose for a picture near the newly constructed development project area on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea Wednesday, September 19, 2012. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)


    A group of North Koreans pose for a picture near the newly constructed development project area on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea Wednesday, September 19, 2012. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)




    In this Sunday, September 23, 2012 photo, North Korean farmers work at Migok Cooperative Farm in Sariwon, North Hwanghae Province, North Korea. Farmers would be able to keep a bigger share of their crops under proposed changes aiming to boost production by North Korea's collective farms, which have chronically struggled to provide enough food for the country's 24 million people. The signs read [Fortune of holding great leader (Kim Il Sung) as father], left, and [Fortune of holding great general (Kim Jong Il) as father]. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)


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A Look Inside North Korea (121 Photos)


A girl carries a flower through a memorial cemetery in Pyongyang, North Korea, for men and women who died fighting against the Japanese occupation. Photographed on April 21, 2011. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


A girl carries a flower through a memorial cemetery in Pyongyang, North Korea, for men and women who died fighting against the Japanese occupation. Photographed on April 21, 2011. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




In this April 13, 2011 photo, a North Korean traffic police officer stands along a street in central Pyongyang, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


In this April 13, 2011 photo, a North Korean traffic police officer stands along a street in central Pyongyang, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




In this April 15, 2011 photo, families have their photographs taken in front of the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang, North Korea. The palace, which was the official residence of Kim Il Sung until his death in 1994, is now a mausoleum where his embalmed body lies in state. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


In this April 15, 2011 photo, families have their photographs taken in front of the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang, North Korea. The palace, which was the official residence of Kim Il Sung until his death in 1994, is now a mausoleum where his embalmed body lies in state. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




In this April 21, 2011 photo, men operate a manual rail car on tracks running along the West Sea barrage near Nampho, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


In this April 21, 2011 photo, men operate a manual rail car on tracks running along the West Sea barrage near Nampho, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




In this April 15, 2011 photo, a city tram carries passengers in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


In this April 15, 2011 photo, a city tram carries passengers in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




In this April 21, 2011 photo, a woman sits at a small table selling snacks on the roadside along the West Sea Barrage near Nampho, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


In this April 21, 2011 photo, a woman sits at a small table selling snacks on the roadside along the West Sea Barrage near Nampho, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




In this April 13, 2011 photo, two female North Korean soldiers hold hands as they tour the birthplace of Kim Il Sung at Mangyongdae, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


In this April 13, 2011 photo, two female North Korean soldiers hold hands as they tour the birthplace of Kim Il Sung at Mangyongdae, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




In this March 9, 2011 photo, a woman works on a library computer at the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea is undergoing a digital revolution of sorts, even as it holds some of the strictest cyberspace policies in the world. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


In this March 9, 2011 photo, a woman works on a library computer at the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea is undergoing a digital revolution of sorts, even as it holds some of the strictest cyberspace policies in the world. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




In this April 13, 2011 photo, North Korean soldiers, foreground, and North Korean traffic police, background, tour the birthplace of Kim Il Sung to pay their respects at Mangyongdae, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


In this April 13, 2011 photo, North Korean soldiers, foreground, and North Korean traffic police, background, tour the birthplace of Kim Il Sung to pay their respects at Mangyongdae, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




In this March 9, 2011 photo, a girl plays the piano inside the Changgwang Elementary School in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


In this March 9, 2011 photo, a girl plays the piano inside the Changgwang Elementary School in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




Women perform a dance routine with badminton rackets at an event to mark the birthday of Kim Il Sung at a park in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 15, 2011. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


Women perform a dance routine with badminton rackets at an event to mark the birthday of Kim Il Sung at a park in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 15, 2011. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




Children look through a subway car window in Pyongyang, North Korea, on March 10, 2011. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


Children look through a subway car window in Pyongyang, North Korea, on March 10, 2011. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




A view of central Pyongyang, North Korea, at dusk on April 12, 2011. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


A view of central Pyongyang, North Korea, at dusk on April 12, 2011. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




North Koreans react as they make a call of condolence for deceased leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, on December 21, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


North Koreans react as they make a call of condolence for deceased leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, on December 21, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




In this photo taken on December 28, 2011 a car carries a portrait of Kim Jong-Il during the funeral procession in Pyongyang. Millions of grief-stricken people turned out to mourn Kim Jong-Il, whose death has left the world scrambling for details about his young successor. (Photo by Reuters/Kyodo)


In this photo taken on December 28, 2011 a car carries a portrait of Kim Jong-Il during the funeral procession in Pyongyang. Millions of grief-stricken people turned out to mourn Kim Jong-Il, whose death has left the world scrambling for details about his young successor. (Photo by Reuters/Kyodo)




North Koreans mourn their deceased leader Kim Jong Il at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang, on December 27, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


North Koreans mourn their deceased leader Kim Jong Il at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang, on December 27, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




North Koreans weep for their deceased leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, on December 23, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


North Koreans weep for their deceased leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, on December 23, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




Chinese tourists buy North Korean souvenirs beside the Yalu River Bridge leading to North Korea during the funeral of the late leader Kim Jong Il, at the Chinese border town of Dandong on December 28, 2011. (Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP Photo)


Chinese tourists buy North Korean souvenirs beside the Yalu River Bridge leading to North Korea during the funeral of the late leader Kim Jong Il, at the Chinese border town of Dandong on December 28, 2011. (Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP Photo)




Mourners cry during the funeral procession for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang, North Korea Wednesday, December 28, 2011. (Photo by AP Photo/Kyodo News)


Mourners cry during the funeral procession for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang, North Korea Wednesday, December 28, 2011. (Photo by AP Photo/Kyodo News)




North Korean traffic control women weep for deceased leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang in this photo taken by Kyodo on December 21, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/Kyodo)


North Korean traffic control women weep for deceased leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang in this photo taken by Kyodo on December 21, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/Kyodo)




A South Korean soldier watches a television showing North Korean military personnel during their leader Kim Jong Il's funeral at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, December 28, 2011. (Photo by Ahn Young-joon/AP Photo)


A South Korean soldier watches a television showing North Korean military personnel during their leader Kim Jong Il's funeral at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, December 28, 2011. (Photo by Ahn Young-joon/AP Photo)




North Koreans cover funeral flowers offered by mourners for their deceased leader Kim Jong Il as snow falls in Pyongyang, on December 23, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


North Koreans cover funeral flowers offered by mourners for their deceased leader Kim Jong Il as snow falls in Pyongyang, on December 23, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




North Korean children mourn their deceased leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, on December 27, 2011 in this photo released by the North's KCNA on December 28, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


North Korean children mourn their deceased leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, on December 27, 2011 in this photo released by the North's KCNA on December 28, 2011. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




In this December 26, 2011 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo Tuesday, December 27, 2011 by the Korea News Service, North Korean laborers at Kim Jong Tae electric locomotive association complex cheer for their production performance at a ceremony held to mourn the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang, North Korea. The sign at left reads: [Let's change our sadness to strength and courage]. (Photo by AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)


In this December 26, 2011 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo Tuesday, December 27, 2011 by the Korea News Service, North Korean laborers at Kim Jong Tae electric locomotive association complex cheer for their production performance at a ceremony held to mourn the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang, North Korea. The sign at left reads: [Let's change our sadness to strength and courage]. (Photo by AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)




North Korea's new leader Kim Jong Un (4th from left) salutes as he and his uncle Jang Song-thaek (3rd from left) accompany the hearse carrying the coffin of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during his funeral procession in Pyongyang, on December 28, 2011. North Korea's military staged a huge funeral procession on Wednesday in the snowy streets of the capital Pyongyang for its deceased [dear leader], Kim Jong Il, readying a transition to his son, Kim Jong-un. Ri Yong-ho, Chief of General Staff of the Korea People's Army, salutes on the right. (Photo by Reuters/Kyodo)


North Korea's new leader Kim Jong Un (4th from left) salutes as he and his uncle Jang Song-thaek (3rd from left) accompany the hearse carrying the coffin of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during his funeral procession in Pyongyang, on December 28, 2011. North Korea's military staged a huge funeral procession on Wednesday in the snowy streets of the capital Pyongyang for its deceased [dear leader], Kim Jong Il, readying a transition to his son, Kim Jong-un. Ri Yong-ho, Chief of General Staff of the Korea People's Army, salutes on the right. (Photo by Reuters/Kyodo)




Kim Jong Un visits Mokran Video Company in Pyongyang in this undated picture released by the North's official KCNA news agency on September 11, 2011. KCNA did not state precisely when the picture was taken. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


Kim Jong Un visits Mokran Video Company in Pyongyang in this undated picture released by the North's official KCNA news agency on September 11, 2011. KCNA did not state precisely when the picture was taken. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




This picture taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on January 23, 2012 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visiting with students at the Mangyongdae Revolutionary School in Pyongyang. (Photo by AFP Photo/KNS)


This picture taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on January 23, 2012 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visiting with students at the Mangyongdae Revolutionary School in Pyongyang. (Photo by AFP Photo/KNS)




Closely escorted, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Command of Large Combined Unit 671 of the Korean People's Army in this undated picture released by the North's KCNA in Pyongyang, on January 22, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


Closely escorted, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Command of Large Combined Unit 671 of the Korean People's Army in this undated picture released by the North's KCNA in Pyongyang, on January 22, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits Unit 1017 of the Korean People's Army Air Force in an undisclosed location in this undated recent picture released by the North's KCNA in Pyongyang, on January 31, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits Unit 1017 of the Korean People's Army Air Force in an undisclosed location in this undated recent picture released by the North's KCNA in Pyongyang, on January 31, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




This picture taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un greeting students during a visit to the Mangyongdae Revolutionary School on January 23, 2012. (Photo by AFP Photo/KNS)


This picture taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un greeting students during a visit to the Mangyongdae Revolutionary School on January 23, 2012. (Photo by AFP Photo/KNS)




Kim Jong Un speaks during a trip to the Seoul Ryu Kyong Su 105 Guards Tank Division of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in Pyongyang, in this picture released on January 1, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


Kim Jong Un speaks during a trip to the Seoul Ryu Kyong Su 105 Guards Tank Division of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in Pyongyang, in this picture released on January 1, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




The leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, poses with members of the Western Area Aviation Club after watching a demonstration by them in an undisclosed location in this undated picture released on January 28, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


The leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, poses with members of the Western Area Aviation Club after watching a demonstration by them in an undisclosed location in this undated picture released on January 28, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




Villagers push their bicycles on a road between fields northwest of Pyongyang, on April 8, 2012. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)


Villagers push their bicycles on a road between fields northwest of Pyongyang, on April 8, 2012. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)




North Korean officials and foreign journalists leave the launch pad after a visit to see the rocket Unha-3 at Tangachai -ri space center on April 8, 2012. (Photo by Pedro Ugarte/AFP Photo)


North Korean officials and foreign journalists leave the launch pad after a visit to see the rocket Unha-3 at Tangachai -ri space center on April 8, 2012. (Photo by Pedro Ugarte/AFP Photo)




In this Wednesday, December 12, 2012 file photo, North Korean youths dance before the Pyongyang Grand Theatre in Pyongyang, North Korea, to celebrate a rocket launch after North Korea successfully fired a long-range rocket. (Photo by Jon Chol Jin/AP Photo)


In this Wednesday, December 12, 2012 file photo, North Korean youths dance before the Pyongyang Grand Theatre in Pyongyang, North Korea, to celebrate a rocket launch after North Korea successfully fired a long-range rocket. (Photo by Jon Chol Jin/AP Photo)




In this April 16, 2012 photo, North Korean soldiers sing at the Pyongyang indoor gymnasium to commemorate late president Kim Il Sung's 100th birthday in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)


In this April 16, 2012 photo, North Korean soldiers sing at the Pyongyang indoor gymnasium to commemorate late president Kim Il Sung's 100th birthday in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)




North Koreans commute to work in Pyongyang on April 8, 2012. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth on April 15 with top-level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson's credentials. (Photo by Pedro Ugarte/AFP Photo)


North Koreans commute to work in Pyongyang on April 8, 2012. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth on April 15 with top-level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson's credentials. (Photo by Pedro Ugarte/AFP Photo)




In this July 25, 2012 file photo released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and distributed in Tokyo by the Korea News Service, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, accompanied by his wife Ri Sol Ju, waves to the crowd as they inspect the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground in Pyongyang. (Photo by AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)


In this July 25, 2012 file photo released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and distributed in Tokyo by the Korea News Service, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, accompanied by his wife Ri Sol Ju, waves to the crowd as they inspect the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground in Pyongyang. (Photo by AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)




A North Korean student learns to drive a tractor on a computerized driving simulator at the Samjiyon School children's Palace in Samjiyon, North Korea, on April 3, 2012. The facility was built for children to take part in after school programs in the arts, sciences, sports, computer and vocational training. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


A North Korean student learns to drive a tractor on a computerized driving simulator at the Samjiyon School children's Palace in Samjiyon, North Korea, on April 3, 2012. The facility was built for children to take part in after school programs in the arts, sciences, sports, computer and vocational training. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




North Koreans dance during a rehearsal for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of their founding leader Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, on April 9, 2012. (Photo by Pedro Ugarte/AFP Photo)


North Koreans dance during a rehearsal for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of their founding leader Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, on April 9, 2012. (Photo by Pedro Ugarte/AFP Photo)




A woman works in the Kim Jong-suk Pyongyang Silk Mill in Pyongyang, on April 9, 2012. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)


A woman works in the Kim Jong-suk Pyongyang Silk Mill in Pyongyang, on April 9, 2012. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)




A North Korean traffic coordinator stands on duty in Pyongyang, on April 10, 2012. (Photo by Ng Han Guan/AP Photo)


A North Korean traffic coordinator stands on duty in Pyongyang, on April 10, 2012. (Photo by Ng Han Guan/AP Photo)




Soldiers march in a military parade in Pyongyang, on April 15, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)


Soldiers march in a military parade in Pyongyang, on April 15, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)




Dancers perform during a gala show in Pyongyang, on April 16, 2012. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)


Dancers perform during a gala show in Pyongyang, on April 16, 2012. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)




North Korean soldiers march during a mass military parade in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square, on Sunday, April 15, 2012. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


North Korean soldiers march during a mass military parade in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square, on Sunday, April 15, 2012. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




North Korea Parade New Missile April 15, 2012. North Korea Celebrates Nuclear Testing. (Photo by Boaz Guttman)


North Korea Parade New Missile April 15, 2012. North Korea Celebrates Nuclear Testing. (Photo by Boaz Guttman)




North Korea Parade New Missile April 15, 2012. North Korea Celebrates Nuclear Testing. (Photo by Boaz Guttman)


North Korea Parade New Missile April 15, 2012. North Korea Celebrates Nuclear Testing. (Photo by Boaz Guttman)




North Korea Parade New Missile April 15, 2012. North Korea Celebrates Nuclear Testing. (Photo by Boaz Guttman)


North Korea Parade New Missile April 15, 2012. North Korea Celebrates Nuclear Testing. (Photo by Boaz Guttman)




Soldiers march past the podium during a military parade to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, on April 15, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)


Soldiers march past the podium during a military parade to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, on April 15, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)




Soldiers march in formation during a military parade in Pyongyang, on April 15, 2012. (Photo by Ed Jones/AFP Photo)


Soldiers march in formation during a military parade in Pyongyang, on April 15, 2012. (Photo by Ed Jones/AFP Photo)




Soldiers run into a stadium to join a ceremony in Pyongyang, on April 14, 2012. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)


Soldiers run into a stadium to join a ceremony in Pyongyang, on April 14, 2012. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)




A soldier looks back during a ceremony in Pyongyang, on April 14, 2012, one day before the centenary of the birth of North Korea founder Kim Il-sung. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)


A soldier looks back during a ceremony in Pyongyang, on April 14, 2012, one day before the centenary of the birth of North Korea founder Kim Il-sung. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)




Dancers stand in formation and sing in a gala show in Pyongyang, on April 16, 2012. The performance was part of the celebration on the centenary of the birth of Kim Il Sung. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)


Dancers stand in formation and sing in a gala show in Pyongyang, on April 16, 2012. The performance was part of the celebration on the centenary of the birth of Kim Il Sung. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)




Rockets are carried by military vehicles during a military parade in Pyongyang, on April 15, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


Rockets are carried by military vehicles during a military parade in Pyongyang, on April 15, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




A North Korean woman weeps while singing a song about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the end of a mass dance performance in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, on April 16, 2012. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


A North Korean woman weeps while singing a song about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the end of a mass dance performance in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, on April 16, 2012. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




A North Korean woman looks up at balloons overhead at the end of an unveiling ceremony for statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, on April 13, 2012. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)


A North Korean woman looks up at balloons overhead at the end of an unveiling ceremony for statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, on April 13, 2012. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)




A dancer dressed as a soldier takes part in a gala show in Pyongyang, on April 16, 2012. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)


A dancer dressed as a soldier takes part in a gala show in Pyongyang, on April 16, 2012. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)




North Koreans watch a theater performance during celebrations to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang, on April 16, 2012. (Photo by Pedro Ugarte/AFP Photo)


North Koreans watch a theater performance during celebrations to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang, on April 16, 2012. (Photo by Pedro Ugarte/AFP Photo)




A North Korean teacher walks down a flight of stairs at a nursery school in the northeastern North Korean border town of Sinuiju, on December 15, 2012. (Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP Photo)


A North Korean teacher walks down a flight of stairs at a nursery school in the northeastern North Korean border town of Sinuiju, on December 15, 2012. (Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP Photo)




North Korean farmer O Yong Ae sits at her home during an interview at the Migok Cooperative farm in Sariwon, North Hwanghae Province, North Korea, on September 23, 2012. Farmers would be able to keep a bigger share of their crops under proposed changes aiming to boost production by North Korea's collective farms, which have chronically struggled to provide enough food for the country's 24 million people. Current rules require them to turn everything over to the state beyond what farmers can keep to feed their families. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)


North Korean farmer O Yong Ae sits at her home during an interview at the Migok Cooperative farm in Sariwon, North Hwanghae Province, North Korea, on September 23, 2012. Farmers would be able to keep a bigger share of their crops under proposed changes aiming to boost production by North Korea's collective farms, which have chronically struggled to provide enough food for the country's 24 million people. Current rules require them to turn everything over to the state beyond what farmers can keep to feed their families. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)




North Korean children carry hay on a road near Mount Kuwol in South Hwanghae province, on November 20, 2012. (Photo by Ng Han Guan/AP Photo)


North Korean children carry hay on a road near Mount Kuwol in South Hwanghae province, on November 20, 2012. (Photo by Ng Han Guan/AP Photo)




A North Korean fisherman pilots a boat with cormorants perched onboard, in the Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, facing the Chinese border city of Dandong, on October 23, 2012. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)


A North Korean fisherman pilots a boat with cormorants perched onboard, in the Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, facing the Chinese border city of Dandong, on October 23, 2012. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)




North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un prepares to take a ride with other high-level officials during the opening ceremony of the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground along the Taedong River in Pyongyang, on July 25, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un prepares to take a ride with other high-level officials during the opening ceremony of the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground along the Taedong River in Pyongyang, on July 25, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) and his wife Ri Sol-Ju attend the opening ceremony of the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground on Rungna Islet along the Taedong River in Pyongyang in this July 25, 2012 photograph released by the North's KCNA to Reuters on July 26, 2012.The Rungna People's Pleasure Ground has attractions such as a dolphinarium, a wading pool, a fun fair and a mini golf course, according to KCNA. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) and his wife Ri Sol-Ju attend the opening ceremony of the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground on Rungna Islet along the Taedong River in Pyongyang in this July 25, 2012 photograph released by the North's KCNA to Reuters on July 26, 2012.The Rungna People's Pleasure Ground has attractions such as a dolphinarium, a wading pool, a fun fair and a mini golf course, according to KCNA. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




North Korean students study in front of portraits of the country's late leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and his son Kim Jong Il at the Kim Chaek University of Technology in Pyongyang, on September 20, 2012. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)


North Korean students study in front of portraits of the country's late leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and his son Kim Jong Il at the Kim Chaek University of Technology in Pyongyang, on September 20, 2012. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)




North Korean war veterans arrive to attend celebrations of [War Victory Day], which falls on July 27, of the 1950-53 Korean War in Pyongyang, on July 26, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)


North Korean war veterans arrive to attend celebrations of [War Victory Day], which falls on July 27, of the 1950-53 Korean War in Pyongyang, on July 26, 2012. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)




In this September 17, 2012 photo, the sun sets over the tower of the Juche Idea in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)


In this September 17, 2012 photo, the sun sets over the tower of the Juche Idea in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)




A group of North Koreans pose for a picture near the newly constructed development project area on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea Wednesday, September 19, 2012. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)


A group of North Koreans pose for a picture near the newly constructed development project area on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea Wednesday, September 19, 2012. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)




In this Sunday, September 23, 2012 photo, North Korean farmers work at Migok Cooperative Farm in Sariwon, North Hwanghae Province, North Korea. Farmers would be able to keep a bigger share of their crops under proposed changes aiming to boost production by North Korea's collective farms, which have chronically struggled to provide enough food for the country's 24 million people. The signs read [Fortune of holding great leader (Kim Il Sung) as father], left, and [Fortune of holding great general (Kim Jong Il) as father]. (Photo by Vincent Yu/AP Photo)


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