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North Korea in Autumn

See recent pictures of isolated North Korea from AP's David Guttenfelder

In this Oct. 24, 2011 photo, the sky turns shades of purple over the 105-story Ryugyong Hotel, which remains under construction, as the sun sets over Pyongyang. David Guttenfelder / AP
North Korean soccer fans grimace after their team missed a goal during a World Cup qualifying match between North Korea and Uzbekistan, in Pyongyang on Oct. 11. David Guttenfelder / AP
Men pay their respects in front of a statue of the late North Korean President Kim Il Sung at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang, Oct. 10. David Guttenfelder / AP
A North Korean man sings karaoke while his daughter plays the piano at a hotel bar in Mount Kumgang, Oct. 7. David Guttenfelder / AP
A commuter passes through the shining headlights on a street in Pyongyang on Oct. 4. David Guttenfelder / AP
A couple on a bicycle coast down a hill past farm fields outside the eastern coastal city of Wonsan on Oct. 6. David Guttenfelder / AP
Farmland on the edge of Pyongyang is seen from the air on Oct. 4. David Guttenfelder / AP
North Korean hikers take pictures from the top of a peak near Mount Kumgang on Oct. 7. David Guttenfelder / AP
Figure skaters train at an ice rink in Pyongyang on Oct. 24. David Guttenfelder / AP
A man drinks domestically brewed beer at a bar inside a department store in Pyongyang on Oct. 9. David Guttenfelder / AP
Workers prepare meals at a fast-food restaurant at the Kaeson Youth Amusement Park in Pyongyang on Oct. 26. David Guttenfelder / AP
Commuters look out from the rear window of a trolley car in Pyongyang on Oct. 24. David Guttenfelder / AP
North Korean soldiers stand guard on April 17 in front of the truce village of Panmunjom at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas. David Guttenfelder / AP
Clouds hang over Pyongyang as viewed through a window from a hotel on Yanggakdo Island in the Taedong River, Oct. 24. David Guttenfelder / AP
Dentists care for a woman inside a maternity hospital in Pyongyang on Oct. 11. David Guttenfelder / AP
A nurse speaks by video conference and telephone to a doctor inside a maternity hospital in Pyongyang on Oct. 11. David Guttenfelder / AP
Construction workers rebuild a section of the Mansudae neighborhood of Pyongyang on Oct. 11. David Guttenfelder / AP
A shop employee is reflected in mirrors at a store attached to a factory that manufactures all of the goods sold on the shelves, in Pyongyang on Oct. 9. David Guttenfelder / AP
North Koreans walk along a road next to the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology on Oct. 5. David Guttenfelder / AP
Students at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology walk down the stairs after attending a seminar and lecture, Oct. 5. David Guttenfelder / AP
A billboard showing late President Kim Il Sung stands on a hill behind a farming village outside of the eastern coastal city of Wonsan on Oct. 8. David Guttenfelder / AP
A vintage stair-car drives on the tarmac at the international airport in Pyongyang, Oct. 28. 2011. David Guttenfelder / AP