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A dog owner sprays hairspray on her poodle backstage at a dog show in Seoul. Some 2000 dogs took part in the three-day show organised by the Korea Kennel Federation which was celebrating its 58th anniversary. Dog ownership in South Korea is a growing industry widely reported to have passed 10 million in 2013, with private expenditure on pet supplies increasing some 14 percent per year since 2000, according to a report by the Nonghyup Economic Research Institute.

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A dog owner prepares her poodle backstage at a dog show in Seoul. Some 2,000 dogs took part in the three-day show organised by the Korea Kennel Federation which was celebrating its 58th anniversary

South Korean army soldiers patrol along the barbed-wire fence at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) in Cheorwon, South Korea, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. North Korea warned Tuesday that a South Korean official would pay a high price for saying the North "must disappear soon" in an escalation of rhetoric between the rivals.

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South Korean army soldiers patrol along the barbed-wire fence at the demilitarised zone (DMZ) in Cheorwon, South Korea. North Korea warned on Tuesday that a South Korean official would pay a high price for saying the North “must disappear soon” in an escalation of rhetoric between the rivals

Chinese honour guards lift caskets containing the remains of Chinese soldiers during the handing over ceremony of the remains at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon

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Chinese honour guards lift caskets containing the remains of Chinese soldiers during the handing over ceremony of the remains at the Incheon International Airport on Friday. The remains of 437 Chinese soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War were transferred from a temporary columbarium in South Korea to the airport on Thursday to be returned to China.

View of a cargo ship in the Panama Bay in Panama City on July 18, 2013. Panama on Wednesday officially requested UN inspectors scrutinize the cargo on the North Korean ship seized near Panama on Tuesday, which UN diplomats said could constitute a breach of the strict arms sanctions imposed on North Korea over its nuclear programme. North Korea said Wednesday that Cuban arms seized from the Pyongyang-flagged ship near the Panama Canal were part of a legitimate deal.

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A cargo ship passes through the Panama Bay in Panama City on Thursday. Panama on Wednesday requested for UN inspectors to scrutinise the cargo on the North Korean ship seized near Panama on Tuesday, which UN diplomats said could constitute a breach of the strict arms sanctions imposed on North Korea over its nuclear programme. 

South Korean soldiers stand at a military checkpoint leading to North Korea's Kaesong joint industrial complex, in the border city of Paju early on July 10, 2013. South Korean delegates left for North Korea for talks on reopening a joint industrial zone on July 10, with the two sides remaining wide apart over who was to blame for the closure

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South Korean soldiers stand at a military checkpoint leading to North Korea’s Kaesong joint industrial complex, in the border city of Paju early on Wednesday. On the same day, South Korean delegates left for North Korea for talks on reopening a joint industrial zone, with the two sides remaining wide apart over who was to blame for the closure.

A man wearing a traditional Korean Hanbok costume adjust his Gat, a traditional hat, while waiting to take a group photo after a traditional coming-of-age day ceremony at Namsangol Hanok Village in Seoul May 20, 2013. The ceremony marks the entrance of boys and girls into adulthood at the age of 19, and reminds them of their individual responsibilities as young men and women. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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A man wearing a traditional Korean Hanbok costume adjusts his gat, a hat, while waiting for a group photo to be taken after a Coming of Age Day ceremony at Namsangol Hanok Village in Seoul on Monday. The ceremony marks the entrance of boys and girls into adulthood at the age of 19, and reminds them of their individual responsibilities as young men and women. 

Members of the South Korean special forces take part in a military drill in Yeongcheon, southeast of Seoul in this May 2, 2013 picture provided by Yonhap. The two Koreas remain technically at war under a mere truce that ended hostilities in their 1950-53 conflict and North Korea, angry at U.N. sanctions and joint South Korean-U.S. military drills, has threatened both countries with nuclear attack in recent weeks.

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Members of the South Korean special forces take part in a military drill in Yeongcheon, southeast of Seoul. The two Koreas technically remain at war under a truce that ended hostilities in their 1950-1953 conflict. North Korea is angry at UN sanctions and joint South Korean-US military drills, and has recently threatened both countries with nuclear attack.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia 29 April 2013. The meeting is to discuss bilateral cooperation and international issues, including the situation on the Korean peninsula.

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Russian president Vladimir Putin (left) welcomes Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow. The meeting is to discuss bilateral co-operation and international issues, including the situation on the Korean peninsula.

South Korean army reservists raise their hands to adopt a resolution against North Korea during a rehearsal for their Foundation Day ceremony at a gymnasium in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 5, 2013.

South Korean army reservists raise their hands to adopt a resolution against North Korea during a rehearsal for their Foundation Day ceremony at a gymnasium in Seoul, South Korea, on April 5 2013. AP/Ahn Young-joon

About 1,000 reservists denounced North Korea for escalating the threat for war. North Korea has been railing against US-South Korean military exercises that began in March and will continue until the end of April. The allies insist the exercises in South Korea are routine, but the North calls them rehearsals for an invasion and says it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself.