North Korea today
• North Korea today
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un - the youngest head of state in the world - took office just over a year ago. He studied abroad, loves fast food and foreign music. Under his rukogvodstvom in December, a rocket "Milky Way" into orbit satellite "shining star", the first time in the history of North Korea held a New Year's fireworks, and the magazine "Time" wanted to make him "Man of the Year".
In this feature, we'll see what it looks like North Korea today. Given North Korea's isolation from the rest of the world, it is difficult to say for sure whether or not he the young Kim Jong-un has ruled the country, or acts on the orders of the old generals.
Performance in kindergarten, 15 December 2012.
It is necessary to push. Public transport in North Korea is not the first freshness, Pyongyang, September 20, 2012.
In the year of the reign of Kim Jong-un has not held any political or economic reforms, but he was able to attract the attention of the Western media with its mystery.
Portrait of former North Korean leader Kim Il Sung, Pyongyang, December 14, 2012.
For example, in May of last year it became clear that the young North Korean leader is already married. Foreign media have taken his wife Ri Sol-ju with a bang, and called it the North Korean Kate Middleton. Anyway, the very first appearance on the DPRK leader to the public with this lady was a coup for the country - North Korea appeared first lady. And they were not on the official event, and a musical based on the cartoons of Walt Disney. The teacher and jolly staircase in a kindergarten in the city of Sinuiju, December 15, 2012.
During the reign of Kim Jong-un took the first space success of the country: 12 December 2012 missile "Milky Way" ( "Unha-3") into orbit satellite "Shining Star" ( "kwangmyŏngsŏng program").
The first attempt to bring the satellite into space was made in mid-April 2012. It was a failure, and a minute after launch the missile fell into the Yellow Sea. But the North Korean leader said that he will continue to try in the name of the policy, "the army of the championship." And the launch of 12 December 2012 led to North Korea in the top ten space-faring nations.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the command post watching the launch of the missile.
At the launch of North Korean missiles reacted negatively to a number of countries, including the United States, South Korea and Japan. The exact launch date none of the countries was not known. Once the satellite has been successfully launched into orbit, it regretfully confirmed space agencies of other countries. The maximum distance the unit from the Earth was 584 kilometers.
Start of rocket launch "Milky Way," December 12, 2012.
Kim Jong-un praised the achievements of scientists and said that North Korea will continue to launch satellites for the development of science, technology and economy.
The launch "Milky Way," December 12, 2012.
The parade in Pyongyang to mark the successful launch of missiles "Milky Way", December 14, 2012.
In the year of the Kim Jong-un has been a lot of harsh statements, for example, that the enemies of North Korea will sink into the sea. On the other hand there were also quite new statements about the future well-being of the country, where millions of people are starving. Children with bales of hay in South Hwanghae province, November 20, 2012.
Rush hour in Pyongyang, September 22, 2012.
This summer, state television of North Korea for the first time in the history revealed the Summer Olympics in London. There were even demonstrations of performances of athletes from a hostile South Korea. However, all broadcasts were recorded.
Photo with a grand view "Ariane", held in Pyongyang in late summer - early autumn. This is one of the most popular ideas in the world, which employs more than 100,000 people.
Show "Ariane". People with card form giant portraits.
not quite gloomy in North Korea. Here is the restaurant that sells beer, Pyongyang, December 20, 2012
"We have more important artillery soldiers and officers must treat subordinates as brothers and sisters!" - one of the statements of the North Korean leader. Photo by April 14, 2012.
Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea. DMZ is a strip of ground over a length 200 and a width of four (two by the North and South) kilometers. It is considered the most protected in the world abroad: along it and in the immediate vicinity of the main forces are concentrated more than a million North Korean and South Korean 650,000th army. Photo of December 20, 2012.
During the Second World War in Europe, almost every machine worked with wood as fuel. By the way, cars that run on wood gas, though much to lose in elegance, but very effective, compared to their gasoline counterparts, and on ecology can catch up with electric cars. But today, on an industrial scale, such cars are used, perhaps, only one country - North Korea, August 11, 2012.
The architecture of Pyongyang, November 19, 2012. In the background is seen the famous long-term construction - 105-storey Ryugyong Hotel. The Italian architect Stefano Boeri called Ryugon hotel "only a fragment of science fiction in the modern world."
Many Western analysts tend to believe Kim Jong-un reformer. For example, this year the North Koreans for the first time in 19 years to hear oral New Year's address of the President. The young leader called space technology to develop and strengthen the power of the country. Previously, Kim Jong Il was limited to writing New Year's greetings.
In the photo: Kim Jong-un and the first lady of the country in the dolphinarium, July 25, 2012. According to South Korean intelligence, North Korea's leader married Ri Sol-ju in 2009, and they already have one child.
At the opening ceremony of an amusement park in Pyongyang, July 25, 2012. Previously, it was difficult to imagine such pictures with the head of the North Korean state.
For the first time in the history of North Korean residents of the most closed state in the world met the new 2013 launch fireworks January 1, 2013.
The North Korean fisherman with cormorants on board, 23 October 2012.
Almost the entire fleet of North Korea belongs to the state. When foreigners come to Pyongyang, they often describe it as a "ghost town." One reason - the almost complete absence in the streets of the city car traffic. And in the middle of deserted streets, against the backdrop of portraits of the late leader Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are regulirovschitsy Pyongyang, December 17, 2012.
University of Technology in Pyongyang, September 20, 2012. Ascetic class with portraits of the same leaders on the wall.
Kim Jong-un visits from time to time various events in and out among the people. The people excited and crying with happiness.
Here and there in the streets of North Korea meet heroic image of North Korean soldiers.
Repairing rusty ship in Sinuiju, December 16, 2012.
Kim Jong-un - the youngest leader of the state on the planet (30 years). New Year's address to the citizens, 1 January 2013.
has a unique opportunity to use his image to improve the image of the most closed and authoritarian countries in the world.