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.
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.
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.
A North Korean man sings karaoke while his daughter plays the piano at a hotel bar in Mount Kumgang, Oct. 7.
A commuter passes through the shining headlights on a street in Pyongyang on Oct. 4.
A couple on a bicycle coast down a hill past farm fields outside the eastern coastal city of Wonsan on Oct. 6.
Farmland on the edge of Pyongyang is seen from the air on Oct. 4.
North Korean hikers take pictures from the top of a peak near Mount Kumgang on Oct. 7.
Figure skaters train at an ice rink in Pyongyang on Oct. 24.
A man drinks domestically brewed beer at a bar inside a department store in Pyongyang on Oct. 9.
Workers prepare meals at a fast-food restaurant at the Kaeson Youth Amusement Park in Pyongyang on Oct. 26.
Commuters look out from the rear window of a trolley car in Pyongyang on Oct. 24.
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.
Clouds hang over Pyongyang as viewed through a window from a hotel on Yanggakdo Island in the Taedong River, Oct. 24.
Dentists care for a woman inside a maternity hospital in Pyongyang on Oct. 11.
A nurse speaks by video conference and telephone to a doctor inside a maternity hospital in Pyongyang on Oct. 11.
Construction workers rebuild a section of the Mansudae neighborhood of Pyongyang on Oct. 11.
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.
North Koreans walk along a road next to the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology on Oct. 5.
Students at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology walk down the stairs after attending a seminar and lecture, Oct. 5.
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.
A vintage stair-car drives on the tarmac at the international airport in Pyongyang, Oct. 28. 2011.