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A woman and her daughter their respects at statues of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung (L) and late leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang

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A woman and her daughter their respects at statues of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung (L) and late leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang. Picture REUTERS/Damir Sagolj 

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is hugged by children during his visit to Samjiyon County

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is hugged by children during his visit to Samjiyon County. Picture Reuters

North Korean traffic police women chat next to a residential building while off duty Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

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North Korean traffic police women chat next to a residential building while off duty in Pyongyang, North Korea. Photo Wong Maye-E/AP

South Korean soldiers wear North Korea's military uniforms and hold North Korea's flags, acting as North Korean soldiers, as they take part in a re-enactment the battle of the Korean war during a commemorative war victory event to mark the 66th anniversary of the the Korean war

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South Korean soldiers wear North Korea’s military uniforms and hold North Korea’s flags, acting as North Korean soldiers, as they take part in a re-enactment the battle of the Korean war during a commemorative war victory event to mark the 66th anniversary of the Korean war

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance to Farm No. 1116 under KPA Unit 810, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 13, 2016.   KCNA/via Reuters   ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THIS IMAGE. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. SOUTH KOREA OUT.      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance to Farm No. 1116 under KPA Unit 810 in Pyongyang

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 6, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting the fire drill of ballistic rockets by Hwasong artillery units of the KPA Strategic Force at an undisclosed location in North Korea. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / KCNA /  - South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT   ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PHOTO IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY AFP.  / KCNA/AFP/Getty Images

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Kim Jong-Un inspects the fire drill of ballistic rockets at an undisclosed location in North Korea 

A North Korean woman walks past by a donkey pen at the newly opened Pyongyang Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea

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A North Korean woman walks past by a donkey pen at the newly opened Pyongyang Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea

2016 Rio Olympics - Table Tennis - Quarterfinals - Women's Singles - Riocentro - Pavilion 3 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 09/08/2016. Yu Mengyu (SIN) of Singapore plays against Kim Song I (PRK) of North Korea.

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Yu Mengyu (SIN) of Singapore plays against Kim Song I (PRK) of North Korea in the women’s table tennis quarter finals at the Rio Olympics

A group of North Korean workers and a child walk to pay their respects to late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung on the anniversary of his death, outside the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun mausoleum in Pyongyang

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A group of North Korean workers and a child walk to pay their respects to late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung on the anniversary of his death, outside the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun mausoleum in Pyongyang

North Koreans push their bicycles past giant portraits of the late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at the end of a work day on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in Wonsan, North Korea.

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North Koreans push their bicycles past giant portraits of the late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at the end of a work day

People react as they see North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a mass rally and parade in the capital's main ceremonial square, a day after the ruling party wrapped up its first congress in 36 years by elevating him to party chairman, in Pyongyang, North Korea, May 10, 2016.

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People react as they see North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a mass rally and parade in the capital’s main ceremonial square, a day after the ruling party wrapped up its first congress in 36 years by elevating him to party chairman, in Pyongyang, North Korea today.

A woman works at the Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang textile mill during a government organised visit for foreign reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea May 9, 2016.

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A woman works at the Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang textile mill during a government organised visit for foreign reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea today.

North Korean men and women carry bouquets of decorative flowers as they wait at the Kim Il Sung Square

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North Korean men and women carry bouquets of decorative flowers as they wait at the Kim Il Sung Square

Girls perform on the stage of the Mangyongdae Children's Palace in central Pyongyang, North Korea May 5, 2016

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Girls perform on the stage of the Mangyongdae Children’s Palace in central Pyongyang, North Korea today

A U.S. Air Force F15 fighter jet takes off from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, southwestern Japan

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A U.S. Air Force F15 fighter jet takes off from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, southwestern Japan

A North Korean traffic police officer directs vehicles at an intersection on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, in Pyongyang, North Korea as residents commute at the end of a work day.

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A North Korean traffic police officer directs vehicles at an intersection on Wednesday, in Pyongyang, North Korea as residents commute at the end of a work day

North Koreans cover their face from the splash of a water feature in the indoor section of the Munsu water park on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in Pyongyang, North Korea. The water park is opened to both tourists as well as locals living in the North Korean capital

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North Koreans cover their face from the splash of a water feature in the indoor section of the Munsu water park on Tuesday, in Pyongyang, North Korea

A North Korean school girl looks up from reading her book while walking through a residential area Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 in Pyongyang, North Korea

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A North Korean school girl looks up from reading her book while walking through a residential area Wednesday in Pyongyang, North Korea

The 105-storey Ryugyong Hotel, the highest building under construction in North Korea, is seen behind residential buildings in Pyongyang, North Korea, early October 9, 2015. North Korea is getting ready to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of its ruling Workers' Party of Korea on October 10.

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The 105-storey Ryugyong Hotel, the highest building under construction in North Korea, is seen behind residential buildings in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Friday. North Korea is getting ready to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of its ruling Workers’ Party of Korea on Saturday

orth Korean leader Kim gives field guidance to the Taedonggang Combined Fruit Farm...North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance to the Taedonggang Combined Fruit Farm in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang August 19, 2015. REUTERS/KCNA  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA.  XX in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang XX YY, 20ZZ. REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance to the Taedonggang Combined Fruit Farm in this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang