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
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 today
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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, 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, in Pyongyang, North Korea
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 Friday. North Korea is getting ready to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of its ruling Workers’ Party of Korea on Saturday
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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 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
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 (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
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
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
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.
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.
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A man, center, supervises a dancing group during a mass folk dance in front of the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, April 15, 2013. Oblivious to international tensions over a possible North Korean missile launch, Pyongyang residents spilled into the streets Monday to celebrate a major national holiday, the birthday of their first leader, Kim Il Sung.