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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 

Azalea, whose Korean name is "Dallae", a 19-year-old female chimpanzee, smokes a cigarette at the Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. According to officials at the newly renovated zoo, which has become a favorite leisure spot in the North Korean capital since it was re-opened in July, the chimpanzee smokes about a pack a day. They insist, however, that she doesn’t inhale. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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Azalea, whose Korean name is “Dallae”, a 19-year-old female chimpanzee, smokes a cigarette at the Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea. According to officials at the newly renovated zoo, which has become a favourite leisure spot in the North Korean capital since it was re-opened in July, the chimpanzee smokes about a pack a day. They insist, however, that she does not inhale. Photo Wong Maye-E/AP. 

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

A North Korean traffic police woman monitors vehicles and pedestrians along a busy street corner on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea

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A traffic police woman monitors vehicles and pedestrians along a busy street corner in Pyongyang, North Korea

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

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

A bride and groom pose for photos with a horse at the Mirim riding school on the outskirts of Pyongyang on July 12, 2016

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A bride and groom pose for photos with a horse at the Mirim riding school on the outskirts of Pyongyang, North Korea

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School children cheer as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives to attend “We Are the Happiest in the World”, a performance of schoolchildren to celebrate the 70th founding anniversary of the Korean Children’s Union (KCU) in Pyongyang 

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.

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

North Korean military soldiers take photos of a portrait of their late leader Kim Jong Il at a flower festival as part of celebrations a day before the birthday anniversary, also known as the "Day of the Shining Star," of Kim Jong Il on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea. On Tuesday, Feb. 16, North Korea marks the late leader Kim Jong Il's 74th birthday anniversary. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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North Korean military soldiers take photos of a portrait of their late leader Kim Jong Il at a flower festival as part of celebrations a day before the birthday anniversary, also known as the “Day of the Shining Star,” of Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, North Korea today

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

A North Korean soldier watches as fireworks explode, Monday, July 27, 2015, in Pyongyang, North Korea as part of celebrations for the 62nd anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War

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A North Korean soldier watches as fireworks explode, today in Pyongyang, North Korea as part of celebrations for the 62nd anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War. 

North Korean men cycle in the rain past homes built for farmers at the Mangyongdae Cooperative Farm, Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. As the planting season ends and the rainy season begins, North Koreans are girding for the possibility of floods, which, after weeks of drought, have already caused some damage across wide swaths of the nation.

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North Korean men cycle in the rain past homes built for farmers at the Mangyongdae Cooperative Farm on Wednesday in Pyongyang, North Korea. As the planting season ends and the rainy season begins, North Koreans are preparing for the possibility of floods

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

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