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Photos: Life in North Korea

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  1. Performers make the shape of the map of the Korean Peninsula as people in the stands holding cards create a scene depicting the reunification of the two Koreas at Rungnado May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Aug. 6, 2007. The event is the largest choreographed gymnastics display in the world, with more than 100,000 dancers taking part. The stadium seats 150,000. (Elizabeth Dalziel / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Two women prepare to bow before the statue of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Aug. 5, 2007. (Elizabeth Dalziel / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. A North Korean sailor poses for a snapshot Aug. 5, 2007, with Chinese tourists aboard the USS Pueblo in Pyongyang, North Korea. The spy ship was boarded and seized by North Korea in 1968 and its crew held prisoner for 11 months in a tense Cold War crisis. (Elizabeth Dalziel / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. People enjoy a day at the beach in Nampho, North Korea, about 30 miles southwest of Pyongyang, on Aug. 5, 2007. (Elizabeth Dalziel / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A man looks down from the balcony of his apartment in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Aug. 5, 2007. (Elizabeth Dalziel / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Commuters make their way through a subway station in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Aug. 7, 2007. (Elizabeth Dalziel / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. A few vehicles and a lone cyclist travel along a road on the outskirts of Pyongyang, North Korea, on Aug. 5, 2007. Roads almost free of privately owned vehicles are a common sight in the country. (Elizabeth Dalziel / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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Interactive: Meet North Korea’s first family

The North Korean dictatorship established by Kim Il Sung after World War II was taken over by his son Kim Jong Il in the 1990s. Now, as Kim Jong Il’s health fails the power is apparently being formally handed to his eldest son Kim Jung Un. In addition, the Kim family holds dozens of powerful positions throughout the North Korean bureaucracy.

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