North Korea: Inside the Hermit Kingdom

A rare glimpse into a solitary, single-minded nation

Only last month North Korea brusquely rejected the latest call for bilateral talks with its U.S.-supported neighbor, South Korea. That gesture was characteristic of one of the most self-enclosed and xenophobic Communist countries in the world. North Korea has, however, opened its doors to a rarely admitted visitor, a reporter from a U.S. news organization. TIME's Peking Bureau Chief, David Aikman, sent this report:

There are only two ways to enter North Korea by commercial airliner: from China and from the Soviet Union. The symbolism...

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