So many of the pictures we see from North Korea fall into these categories: synchronized dance spectacles, and Kim Jong-il looking at things. There's a blog devoted to the latter. And here are two recent news stories: Kim Jong-il's birthday, and China's backing of the succession plan for Kim Jong-il to hand power to his son, Kim Jong-un, who can be seen on the right side of the third picture in this post.
KYODO / Reuters
Synchronized swimmers perform during an event to celebrate the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, which falls on February 16, in Pyongyang February 15, 2011.
Kyodo / Reuters
North Koreans attend an event to celebrate the birthday of their country's leader Kim Jong-il, which falls on February 16, in Pyongyang February 15, 2011.
KCNA / Reuters
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (C) looks at gifts from China's Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu (4th L) as Kim Jong-un (R), youngest son of Kim Jong-il, looks on in Pyongyang in this picture released by North Korea's official KCNA news agency February 15, 2011. Picture taken February 14, 2011. A top Chinese official has backed ailing North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's plans to hand power to his son, the North's state media said on Tuesday, hailing the "successful solution" to allow continued socialist rule.