An exterior view of a residence where Kim Jong Un met Sergey Lavrov last week.
Valery Sharifulin/TASS via Getty Images

Inside the North Korean residence where Kim met Lavrov

Updated 9:54 AM ET, Mon June 4, 2018

An exterior view of a residence where Kim Jong Un met Sergey Lavrov last week.
Valery Sharifulin/TASS via Getty Images

Images published in Russian state media by photographer Valeriy Sharifulin give a rare glimpse inside one of the North Korean regime's luxury properties in the capital, Pyongyang.

The photos include shots of members of North Korea's political elite and were reportedly taken when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during an official visit on May 31.

The images show a brightly lit, expansive property, which is quite austerely decorated but features artwork, expensive-looking carpets and marble pillars.

Captions written by Sharifulin suggest that it is part of the Kumsusan Palace -- which is also the mausoleum of the former leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.