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North Korean Children Perform Song and Dance for Foreign Press

Pyongyang kids professed their love for leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday, performing a rare show for foreign press.

Pyongyang held a gala of song and dance performances by local school children on May 5 for visiting delegations of foreign journalists and tourists at the Mangyongdae Children's Palace, ahead of the Seventh Worker's Party Congress. The event included orchestral, choir, and acrobatic performances, many of them with political undertones.

Above, a guide leads visitors towards the Mangyongdae Children's Palace which is decorated with pictures of former North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, on May 5.

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A model of a rocket is cordoned off inside the Mangyongdae Children's Palace.

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A woman stands at the balcony inside the Mangyongdae Children's Palace.

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The presence of foreign reporters offers the world a rare view from inside the isolated country, but their movements are closely managed.

Above, girls play guitars at the Mangyongdae Children's Palace on May 5.

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Young girls practice dancing inside the Mangyongdae Children's Palace.

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A teacher gives instruction to a dancing student at the Mangyongdae Children's Palace.

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A girl salutes to spectators before a show at the Mangyongdae Children's Palace .

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North Korean girls perform on stage.

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Children wave to spectators as the curtain is brought down at the end of a performance at the Mangyongdae Children's Palace.

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Spectators applaud the kids' performances.

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