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In pictures: Rare glimpse inside North Korea

Updated 2:01 PM ET, Wed April 11, 2012
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Technicians check the North Korean satellite launch vehicle Unha-3 on the launch pad at the Sohae Satellite Launching Center on April 8. Tim Schwarz/CNN
The usually secretive North Korea organised an unprecedented visit for foreign reporters to Tongchang-ri space centre on April 8. During the train journey from Pyongyang to the North Pyongan Province, a journalist took this picture of a North Korean soldier standing at an observation post. AFP/Getty Images
North Korean women are seen from the window of the train as they work on a paddy field, April 8, 2012. AFP/Getty Images
The train passes by a small town on the way to the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in Tongchang in the country's north-west. AFP/Getty Images
A troupe of North Korean soldiers is seen marching along the railway, carrying flags. AFP/Getty Images
A North Korean soldier stands guard in front of the Unha-3 rocket during a media tour of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station on April 8, 2012. Tim Schwarz/CNN
North Korea announced last month that it would launch a rocket carrying a satellite between April 12 and 16 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, the founder of the Communist state. AFP/Getty Images
A North Korean cameraman films a map showing the site where the Unah-3 rocket is being prepared for launch. AFP/Getty Images
North Korean technicians work at the control room of the Tongchang-ri space center on April 8. The North Korean regime insists it's launching a satellite, not testing a missile. AFP/Getty Images
North Korean officials and foreign journalists leave the launch pad after a visit to see the rocket Unha-3 at the space center on April 8. AFP/Getty Images