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Former NBA basketball player Rodman talks to the media at the Beijing International Airport in Beijing...Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman talks to the media at the Beijing International Airport in Beijing December 19, 2013 before leaving for Pyongyang. Rodman said on Thursday he was not going to North Korea to talk about politics or human rights, despite political tension surrounding the execution of leader Kim Jong Un's uncle. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic

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Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman talks to the media at the Beijing International Airport before leaving for Pyongyang. Mr Rodman said on Thursday he was not going to North Korea to talk about politics or human rights, despite political tension surrounding the execution of leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle

North Korean girls carry firewood as they walk on the banks of Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju

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North Korean girls carry firewood on their backs as they walk on the banks of Yalu River, about 100 km from the town of Sinuiju

North Koreans bow beneath portraits of the late leaders Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Across the capital city, North Koreans observed the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il.

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North Koreans bow beneath portraits of the late leaders Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, North Korea, on the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il

North Koreans gather together on the steps of Mansu Hill to lay flowers at the base of statues of the late leaders, Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, the eve of the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il.

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North Koreans gather on the steps of Mansu Hill to lay flowers at the statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang, on the eve of the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il

Jang Song Thaek, with his hands tied with a rope, is dragged into the court by uniformed personnel in this December 13, 2013 picture taken from Rodong Sinmun December 12, 2013 and released by Yonhap. North Korea said on Friday that Jang, the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un, previously considered the second most powerful man in the secretive state, has been executed for treason, the biggest upheaval since the death of Kim's father two years ago.

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Jang Song Thaek, hands tied with a rope, is dragged into court by uniformed personnel. North Korea said on Friday that Jang, the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un, previously considered the second most powerful man in the secretive state, has been executed for treason.

North Korea's Kim Sun Bom and So Myong Hyok compete in the final of the men's 10-meter synchronized platform diving event at the sixth East Asian Games in Tianjin, China, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013.

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North Korea’s Kim Sun-Bom and So Myong-Hyok compete in the final of the men’s 10m synchronised platform diving event at the sixth East Asian Games in Tianjin, China

Dennis Rodman...Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, center, speaks to the media at the departure hall of Beijing International Capital Airport in Beijing Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. Rodman is heading to North Korea for the second time this year for what he says is a friendly visit to his friend, the communist nation's leader, Kim Jong Un.

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Former NBA star Dennis Rodman speaks to the media in the departure hall of Beijing International Capital Airport on Tuesday. Mr Rodman is heading to North Korea for the second time this year for what he says is a friendly visit to his friend Kim Jong-eun, the communist nation’s leader. 

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un gestures (front, 2nd R) while watching the finals of the   Torch Cup soccer match between the April 25 Team of the Korean People's Army and Sonbong Team of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards at Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) August 29, 2013.

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A smiling Kim Jong-eun, the North Korean leader, (front, second right) watches the final of the Torch Cup football match between the April 25 Team of the Korean People’s Army and Sonbong Team of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards at the Kim Il Sung stadium in Pyongyang on Thursday

North Korean senior military officials arrive for the opening ceremony of the Cemetery of Fallen Fighters of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in Pyongyang as part of celebrations ahead of the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce in the 1950-1953 Korean War.

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North Korean senior military officials arrive for the opening ceremony of the Cemetery of Fallen Fighters of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) in Pyongyang as part of celebrations ahead of the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce in the 1950-1953 Korean War. 

A guide shields her face from the sun while touring the park surrounding Kumsusan Palce of the Sun, the mausoleum where bodies of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie embalmed on Thursday, July 25, 2013 in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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A guide shields her face from the sun while touring the park surrounding the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang, North Korea.

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Two North Korean schoolchildren bow and pay their respects to late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, whose bodies lie embalmed in the mausoleum, the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, on Thursday, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Combination photograph of China's Li Shixin performing a dive at the men's 1m springboard final at World Swimming Championships in Barcelona...A combination photograph shows China's Li Shixin performing a dive at the men's 1m springboard final during the World Swimming Championships at the Montjuic municipal pool in Barcelona July 22, 2013. Li finished first in the event and took the gold medal. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT DIVING)

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North Korean girls perform with hoops on Monday in Pyongyang. North Korea has revealed a new rendition of the Arirang mass games, the song-and-dance ensemble. This year’s performance was timed to debut for the 60th anniversary on Saturday of the end of the Korean war, and features new scenes focusing on leader Kim Jong Un’s directives. 

At dusk, the setting sunlight is reflected on the Taedong River in Pyongyang, North Korea on Sunday July 21, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

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At dusk, the setting sunlight is reflected on the Taedong river in Pyongyang, North Korea on Sunday. 

Commuters ride on a subway train at Yonggwang station, or "glory station," in Pyongyang, North Korea.

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Commuters ride on a subway train at Yonggwang station, or “glory station”, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Foreign visitors are allowed to take only a train between Puhung station and Yonggwang station, on Pyongyang’s north-south Chollima line

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Protesters at an anti-North Korea rally denounce the cancellation of North and South Korea’s talks in downtown Seoul, South Korea, on Wednesday. 

.A North Korean worker checks his mobile phone as a soldier stands in front along the banks of Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, June 7, 2013. China told a North Korean delegation that visited Beijing late last month that North Korea should stop conducting nuclear tests and focus on economic development, a source with knowledge of the talks told Reuters.

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A North Korean worker checks his mobile phone as a soldier stands in front along the banks of Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong on Friday. China told a North Korean delegation that visited Beijing late last month that North Korea should stop conducting nuclear tests and focus on economic development, a source with knowledge of the talks told Reuters.

A North Korean soldier looks at a North Korean man (R) carrying his tools at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas, in Paju, about 55 km (34 miles) north of Seoul May 22, 2013. North Korea sent one of its top military officials to Beijing on Wednesday as a "special envoy" of its leader Kim Jong-un, state news agency KCNA reported.

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A North Korean soldier watches a North Korean man carrying his tools at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone dividing the two Koreas, in Paju, about 55km north of Seoul on Wednesday. North Korea sent one of its top military officials to Beijing on Wednesday as a ‘special envoy’ of its leader Kim Jong-un, state news agency KCNA reported.

North Korean soldiers and civilians pose for souvenir photos in front of a fountain as they tour the grounds of Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the mausoleum where the bodies of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie embalmed, in Pyongyang on Thursday, April 25, 2013. North Korea on Thursday marked the 81st anniversary of the founding of its military, which began as an anti-Japanese militia and now has an estimated 1.2-million troops.

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North Korean soldiers and civilians pose for souvenir photos in front as they tour the grounds of Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the mausoleum where the bodies of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie, embalmed in Pyongyang. North Korea on Thursday marked the 81st anniversary of the founding of its military, which began as an anti-Japanese militia and now has an estimated 1.2m troops.

A North Korean traffic policeman stands at an intersection in Kaesong, North Korea.

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A North Korean traffic policeman stands at an intersection in Kaesong, North Korea.

A Chinese soldier stands guard at the main entrance door of the Bayi building where US Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey met with Chinese military officials in Beijing on April 23, 2013.  Dempsey was expected to discuss concerns over tensions with North Korea, amongst other bilateral items.

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A Chinese soldier stands guard at the main entrance door of the Bayi building where US joint chiefs chairman General Martin Dempsey met Chinese military officials in Beijing. Gen Dempsey was expected to discuss concerns over tensions with North Korea.