North Korean high school students play on a beach at Wonsan, on September 11, 2017.
Bartender at the Rainbow floating restaurant in Pyongyang on September 10.
Sunday afternoon row boats on the Taedong River, Pyongyang, beside Juche Tower. Taken on September 10.
Participation in mass celebrations is mandatory for those privileged citizens allowed to live in the capital, Pyongyang. Taken on September 9.
Pyongyang residents walk past a poster marking the 69th DPRK Foundation Day on September 9. It reads "Let the entire world look up to the great Kim Il Sung nation and Kim Jong Il Korea."
This statue in Samjiyon depicts North Korea's founding President Kim Il Sung when he was a guerrilla fighter against the Japanese. Taken on September 6.
The lobby of the CNN team's hotel in Samjiyon on September 5.
A bus driver who drives a Japanese vehicle over some of the bumpiest roads in North Korea. Taken on September 5.
Propaganda banners line the streets of Samjiyon on September 4.
Public transportation in rural North Korea, near the Chinese border, taken on September 4.
A young North Korean musician in the border town of Kaesong, taken on September 4. Music is a huge part of life in North Korea.
North Korean tour guide at Mt Paektu outside the alleged birth place of Kim Jong Il, on September 3. Kim is widely considered to have been born in Russia.
Housing units deep in rural North Korea, near the border with China, taken on September 3.
A boy living in the mountainous northeastern border region on September 3, not far from North Korea's sixth nuclear test.
The view from the top of Mt Paektu on September 3, a sacred site to North Koreans close to the border with China. First time CNN has ever been allowed here.
The Mausoleum of Tangun is said to hold the remains of the ancient King Tangun -- widely considered a mythical figure.
North Korea built the pyramid in 1994 and has not allowed outside experts to verify the remains inside.
Sunset from inside Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, on August 31.
The crowd applauds as North Korean TV airs footage of their latest missile launch outside Pyongyang Station on August 30, 2017.
May Day celebrations are held on May 1 in Pyongyang.
A North Korean boy sits in his family's living room on April 30 in Pyongyang.
A North Korea veteran stands against the backdrop of the USS Pueblo, a US Navy ship that North Korea captured in 1968. CNN's Will Ripley asked this veteran about his thoughts on the USS Carl Vinson, an American aircraft carrier conducting joint drills with two Japanese destroyers in the western Pacific Ocean. The veteran told Ripley, "We can sink that aircraft carrier."
Ripley noted that in Pyongyang, children are often seen dressed in bright, colorful clothing, contrasting with the more conservative and darker outfits worn by many adults.
North Koreans celebrate the birthday of Kim Il Sung. He would have been 105.
Tanks roll through Kim Il Sung Square on April 15.
North Korean air force jets fly over the Pyongyang celebration.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears at a ceremony to formally open a housing development in Pyongyang on April 13. The project was rushed to completion in under a year, North Korean officials say.
North Koreans gather to witness the opening of the Ryomyong Street housing development.
Foreign journalists are filmed by North Korean media during the Ryomyong Street event.
Soldiers leave the opening ceremony of the Ryomyong Street development.
North Koreans observe a statue of their founder, Kim Il Sung, at the Museum of the Korean Revolution on April 10. CNN's Will Ripley said it was the first time CNN cameras had been allowed into the Pyongyang museum.
North Koreans pose on April 9, for a photo at Mangyongdae, the birthplace of Kim Il Sung.
Boys in Pyongyang pose for a photo at a secondary school for orphans on February 19.
North Korean soldiers ride on February 17, in a black Mercedes-Benz on the streets of Pyongyang.
A 70-story apartment building undergoes construction on February 17.
The floating Rainbow Restaurant is seen in Pyongyang on February 17.
North Korean soldiers watch fireworks on February 16, in Pyongyang.
People use smartphones on on February 16, to take photos of an ice sculpture in Pyongyang.
A soldier stands guard in North Korea on February 16. While military service for women has long been voluntary, it reportedly was made mandatory recently in a bid to bolster the armed forces.