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A female North Korean soldier uses her mobile phone next to a sentry on the banks of the Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong.

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A soldier uses her mobile phone next to a sentry box on the banks of the Yalu River, near the town of Sinuiju, North Korea, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong

A North Korean soldier stands guard along the bank of Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong...A North Korean soldier stands guard along the bank of Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, May 1, 2014. Picture taken May 1, 2014. REUTERS/Jacky Chen (NORTH KOREA -

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A soldier stands guard along the bank of Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, which neighbours the Chinese border city of Dandong 

North Korean female soldiers prepare to take a commemorative photograph in front of a flower exhibition featuring North Korea's late founder Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang

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Female North Korean soldiers prepare to take a commemorative photograph in front of a flower exhibition featuring North Korea’s late founder Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang

South Korean Park Yang-gon, left, and his North Korean brother Park Yang Soo get emotional as they met during the Separated Family Reunion Meeting at Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Elderly North and South Koreans separated for six decades are tearfully reuniting, grateful to embrace children, brothers, sisters and spouses they had thought they might never see again.

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South Korean Park Yang-gon, left, and his North Korean brother Park Yang Soo meet during the Separated Family Reunion Meeting at the Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea on Thursday. Elderly Koreans separated for six decades are tearfully reuniting, grateful to embrace children, brothers, sisters and spouses they had thought they might never see again.

Artillery firing exercise...epa04039044 An artillery firing exercise is underway at a shooting range in Yeoncheon County, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, 24 January 2014. South Korea's Defense Ministry on 24 January 2014 urged North Korea to prove sincerity through actions as an official response to an open letter from the North to the South calling for resolution and an end to intimidating military acts.  EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

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An artillery firing exercise is under way at a shooting range in Yeoncheon County, South Korea. South Korea’s Defence Ministry on Friday urged North Korea to prove sincerity through actions as an official response to an open letter from the North to the South calling for resolution and an end to intimidating military acts. 

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a basketball game between former U.S. NBA basketball players and North Korean players of the Hwaebul team of the DPRK with Dennis Rodman at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd left) on Wednesday watches a basketball game with Dennis Rodman (far right) at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium. The match was between former US NBA players and North Korea’s Hwaebul team

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