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Exclusive report: Inside North Korea

Just a few weeks before North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died, reportedly of a heart attack, FRANCE 24’s Cyril Payen managed to go into North Korea - one of the most closed countries in the world.

Crossing the North Korean border is like leaving the 21st century and the modern world to dive into the unknown. It's a step back in time to the era of the socialist ideal, to the first century according to the Kim dynasty calendar established by the regime.

Under the constant surveillance of minders, we visit the capital of Pyongyang and even get a glimpse of the countryside in this hermetically sealed nation over the course of five days in the most closed country in the world.

By Régis DESCONCLOIS , Cyril PAYEN

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