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A Rare Look Inside North Korea (PHOTOS)

Posted: 04/12/2012 11:48 am Updated: 05/09/2012 11:08 am

A rare look inside daily life in North Korea.

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    Young North Korean schoolchildren gather together with their teacher during a spring day picnic and a class about the appreciation of nature at a park in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, May 9, 2012. (Kim Kwang Hyon, AP)

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    North Korean soldiers pay tribute to statues of late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il during a holiday in honor of the 80th anniversary of the founding of the North Korean Army in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 25, 2012. (Kim Kwang Hyon, AP)

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    A North Korean woman gestures at an elephant while visiting a zoo with her family in Pyongyang, North Korea on April 26, 2012. (Vincent Yu, AP)

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    A North Korean student poses for a picture at a zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea April 26, 2012. (Vincent Yu, AP)

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    North Korean children practice on unicycles at the Kaeson Kindergarden in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. (Ng Han Guan, AP)

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    North Koreans walk through a subway station in Pyongyang, North Korea Sunday, April 22, 2012. (Vincent Yu, AP)

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    A North Korean choir sings during a concert in Pyongyang on Monday April 16, 2012 to commemorate 100 years since the birth of Kim Il Sung. (David Guttenfelder, AP)

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    North Korean soldiers chant slogans near the portraits of late leaders, Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il, at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, during a rally denouncing South Korean President Lee Myung-bak Friday, April 20, 2012. North Koreans say Lee's comment on North Korea he made on radio last week "hurt the dignity" of the North Korean people. (Ng Han Guan, AP)

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    North Korean shout slogans as they gather at Kim Il Sung Square in central Pyongyang, North Korea, for a rally denouncing South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Friday, April 20, 2012. North Koreans said Lee's radio comments about North Korea last week "hurt the dignity" of the North Korean people. (Vincent Yu, AP)

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    A North Korea traffic coordinator wears a plastic raincoat while on duty in Pyongyang, North Korea, Saturday, April 21, 2012. (Ng Han Guan, AP)

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    A North Korean cook checks her mobile phone in Kaesong, North Korea, on April 23, 2012. (Ng Han Guan, AP)

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    A North Korean subway station worker waits for commuters at an underground station in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, April 22, 2012. (Ng Han Guan, AP)

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    A North Korean soldier stands near the national flag on a table that is said to be where the original armistice agreement was signed to halt the Korean war, at a museum hall on the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas at Panmunjom, North Korea, Monday, April 23, 2012. North Korea promised Monday to reduce South Korea's conservative government "to ashes" in less than four minutes, in an unusually specific escalation of recent threats aimed at its southern rival. (Ng Han Guan, AP)

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    North Korean defectors prepare to launch balloons containing propaganda leaflets with chocolate snacks toward North Korea, near Ganghwa Peace Observatory in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. (Ahn Young-joon, AP)

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    A North Korean herds sheep near Kaesong, North Korea Monday, April 23, 2012. (Vincent Yu, AP)

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    North Korean children on unicycles skip ropes for a performance at the Kaeson Kindergarden in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. (Ng Han Guan, AP)

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    North Korean soldiers wait to check journalists as they arrive at the Tongchang-ri space center in North Phyongan Province on the west coast on April 8, 2012 North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth Kim Il-Sung on April 15 with top-level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson's credentials. (Pedro Ugarte, AFP / Getty Images)

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    Two members of the crew serve food for journalists during the trip between Pyongyang and the North Phyongan Province on the west coast on April 8, 2012. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth Kim Il-Sung on April 15 with top-level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson's credentials. (Pedro Ugarte, AFP / Getty Images)

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    North Korean students ride down a water slide into a swimming pool at Kim Il-Sung University in Pyongyang on April 11, 2012. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth Kim Il-Sung on April 15 with top-level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson's credentials. (Pedro Ugarte, AFP / Getty Images)

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    North Korean women work in a textile factory in Pyongyang on April 9, 2012. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth, with top-level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson's credentials. (Pedro Ugarte, AFP / Getty Images)

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    A North Korean traffic coordinator stands on duty in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 10, 2012. (Ng Han Guan, AP)

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    The painting of North Korea's late presidents Kim Il-Sung (L) and his son, Kim Jong-Il hang in an auditorium of a textile factory in Pyongyang on April 9, 2012. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth, with top-level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson's credentials. (Pedro Ugarte, AFP / Getty Images)

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    A woman plays the piano in a restaurant in Pyongyang on April 9, 2012. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth, with top-level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson's credentials. (Pedro Ugarte, AFP / Getty Images)

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    A North Korean man enjoys an evening of bowling at the Golden Lanes bowling alley in Pyongyang, North Korea on April 6, 2012. (David Guttenfelder, AP)

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    North Korean workers operate a fruit juice factory on the outskirts of Pyongyang on April 10, 2012. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth Kim Il-Sung on April 15 with top-level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson's credentials. (Pedro Ugarte, AFP / Getty Images)

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    North Koreans are seen from the window of a train along the railway line between Pyongyang and the North Phyongan Province on the west coast on April 8, 2012. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth on April 15 with top-level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson's credentials. (Pedro Ugarte, AFP / Getty Images)

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    North Korea technicians watch live images of the rocket Unha-3 at the satellite control room of the space center on the outskirts of Pyongyang on April 11, 2012. North Korea said that the fuelling of a long-range rocket is under way, ahead of the launch scheduled for later this week despite international protests."We are injecting fuel as we speak. It has started" Paek Chang-Ho, director of the satellite control centre told visiting foreign journalists. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth Kim Il-Sung on April 15 with top-level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson's credentials.(Pedro Ugarte, AFP / Getty Images)

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    North Koreans workers clean a building with the portrait of late president Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 11, 2012. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth Kim Il-Sung on April 15 with top-level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson's credentials. (Pedro Ugarte, AFP / Getty Images)

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    A policeman stands guard as North Koreans walk in a street of Pyongyang on April 10, 2012. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth Kim Il-Sung on April 15 with top-level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson's credentials. (Pedro Ugarte, AFP / Getty Images)

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    North Koreans women wearing traditional dresses rehearsal their show in streets of Pyongyang on April 11, 2012. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth Kim Il-Sung on April 15 with top-level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson's credentials. (Pedro Ugarte, AFP / Getty Images)

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    North Korean soldiers stand guard in front of the Unha-3 rocket at Tangachai -ri space center on April 8, 2012. North Korea has confirmed their intention to launch the rocket next week despite international condemnations. (Pedro Ugarte, AFP / Getty Images)

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    North Koreans workers travel in a truck in Pyongyang on April 11, 2012. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth Kim Il-Sung on April 15 with top-level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson's credentials. (Pedro Ugarte, AFP / Getty Images)

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    A transit controler salutes as a bus with journalists drives by in Pyongyang on April 11, 2012. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth Kim Il-Sung on April 15 with top-level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson's credentials. (Pedro Ugarte, AFP / Getty Images)

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    North Korean students work on their computers at Kim Il-Sung University in Pyongyang on April 11, 2012. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth Kim Il-Sung on April 15 with top-level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson's credentials. (Pedro Ugarte, AFP / Getty Images)

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    A North Korean man rides a bicycle on the grounds of a communal apple farm on the outskirts of Pyongyang, North Korea on April 10, 2012. (David Guttenfelder, AP)

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    A pedestrian walks past a large apartment block in Pyongyang, North Korea on April 12, 2012. (David Guttenfelder, AP)

  • Daily Life in North Korea

    North Koreans dance during a rehearsal for the commemoration of the 100th birth anniversary of their late president Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 9, 2012. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth on April 15 with top-level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson's credentials. (Pedro Ugarte, AFP / Getty Images)

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    A North Korean figure skating coach works with skaters before a performance at a skate rink in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 7, 2012. The ice skating show is part of ongoing celebrations being held across the country to mark the 100th birth anniversary of the late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung. (Kim Kwang Hyon, AP)

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    A North Korean official wears pins showing the late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il during a tour of the North Korea's Unha-3 rocket, slated for liftoff between April 12-16, at Sohae Satellite Station in Tongchang-ri, North Korea on April 8, 2012. (David Guttenfelder, AP)

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    A North Korean woman cleans slaughtered ducks on a processing line at the Dudan duck factory which employs 1000 workers and produces 7000 tons of duck products a year in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 12, 2012. (Ng Han Guan, AP)

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