North Korea will mark the 100th anniversary of its founding father's birth on April 15. Kim Il-Sung ruled the communist country from its inception in 1948 until his death in 1994. The country is also making international news with the planned launch of a satellite, which concerns many other countries because of the nuclear capabilities of the rocket being used. Officials escorted a group of international media from the capital to the see the rocket in Tongchang-Ri earlier this week. Compiled here are group of recent images from inside the country. [59 photos total]

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A North Korean student learns to drive a tractor on a computerized driving simulator at the Samjiyon School children's Palace in Samjiyon, North Korea, on April 3, 2012. The facility was built for children to take part in after school programs in the arts, sciences, sports, computer and vocational training. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
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A North Korean soldier working as a guide walks through a forest that is said to be a former camp site where the late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung overnighted while leading a battle against the Japanese at the foot of Mount Paektu, North Korea. Photo taken on April 4, 2012. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
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The 105-story Ryugyong Hotel, the highest building under construction in North Korea, at dawn in downtown Pyongyang, on April 8, 2012. (Reuters/Bobby Yip) #
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An official of Daedonggang Fruit Farm, with 300 acres of apple trees, poses while wearing a lapel badge featuring North Korea's founder Kim Il sung, on the outskirts of Pyongyang, on April 10, 2012. (Reuters/Bobby Yip) #
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A North Korean man clears snow from a path next to a monument at the site of the Samjiyon Grand Monument in Samjiyon, North Korea, on April 3, 2012. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
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Women carry wooden snow shovels as they make their way along a snowy road at the foot of Mt. Paektu near Samjiyon, North Korea, on April 3, 2012. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
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Lunch is prepared for visitors on a train heading to the launching site of the Unha-3 rocket, in between fields northwest of Pyongyang, on April 8, 2012. (Reuters/Bobby Yip) #
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Houses, seen from the window of a train, along the railway line between Pyongyang and the North Pyongan Province on North Korea's west coast, on April 8, 2012. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images) #
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North Korean farmers, working in a field, seen through the window of a train, about 50 km (35 mi) south of the border town of Sinuiju, on April 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) #
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A North Korean soldier stands at a checkpoint seen from a train heading to North Pyongan Province, on April 8, 2012. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
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Villagers push their bicycles on a road between fields northwest of Pyongyang, on April 8, 2012. (Reuters/Bobby Yip) #
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A North Korean worker, seen from the window of a train as he works on power lines along the railway between Pyongyang and the North Pyongan Province, on April 8, 2012. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images) #
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A tractor, viewed from the window of a train on a track northwest of Pyongyang, on April 8, 2012. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images) #
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North Koreans walk along a street in a village seen from a train heading to North Pyongan Province, along North Korea's west coast, on April 8, 2012. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
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A conductor displays flag signals to a passing train outside a station featuring a portrait of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung northwest of Pyongyang, on April 8, 2012. (Reuters/Bobby Yip) #
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The Kwangmyongsong-3 application satellite, to be launched by the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, is displayed during a guided media tour by North Korean authorities on April 8, 2012. (Reuters/Bobby Yip) #
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A North Korean soldier tries to keep order as journalists gather around the satellite that North Korean officials say will be launched with the country's Unha-3 rocket, slated for liftoff between April 12-16, at Sohae Satellite Station in Tongchang-ri, North Korea, on April 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) #
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A scientist introduces the Kwangmyongsong-3 application satellite as media crowd to cover at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, during a guided media tour on April 8, 2012. (Reuters/Kyodo) #
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The Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket, sitting on a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, on April 8, 2012. (Reuters/Bobby Yip) #
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An Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket at North Korea's Tongchang-ri space center, on April 8, 2012. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images) #
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North Korean officials and foreign journalists leave the launch pad after a visit to see the rocket at Tongchang-ri space center, on April 8, 2012. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images) #
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North Koreans dance during a rehearsal for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of their founding leader Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, on April 9, 2012. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images) #
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North Korean participants in a national taekwondo festival are judged at the Taekwondo Hall in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 7, 2012. The sporting festival is part of ongoing celebrations being held across the country to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of North Korean leader Kim Il Sung. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon) #
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Women work in the Kim Jong-suk Pyongyang Silk Mill in Pyongyang, on April 9, 2012. The factory is named after the wife of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung. (Reuters/Bobby Yip) #
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A woman works in the Kim Jong-suk Pyongyang Silk Mill in Pyongyang, on April 9, 2012. (Reuters/Bobby Yip) #
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Thousands of residents applaud in a square during the inauguration of a mosaic portrait of Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, on April 9, 2012. (Reuters/Bobby Yip) #
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Thousands of residents bow, paying tribute in a square during the inauguration of a mosaic portrait of of late leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, on April 9, 2012. (Reuters/Bobby Yip) #
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Thousands of residents celebrate in a square during the inauguration of a mosaic portrait of Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, on April 9, 2012. (Reuters/Bobby Yip) #
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A North Korean traffic coordinator stands on duty in Pyongyang, on April 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) #
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The sun is reflected from the top of the 105-floor Ryugyong Hotel, which remains under construction, in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 1, 2012. The hotel is the largest structure in North Korea, and has been under construction (with numerous lengthy delays) since 1987. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
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A military-themed movie is broadcast on a large TV screen near the train station in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 10, 2012. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
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A pet fish swims in a tank on a table inside a Chinese restaurant at a hotel in Pyongyang, on April 5, 2012. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
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North Korean men, who work for a hotel cooking potatoes in a locally traditional way for guests, sit next to a fire near Samjiyon, North Korea, on April 3, 2012. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
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The hoof of a deer used as a door handle hangs on the door of the small cabin that is said to have been the home of the late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung and the birthplace of his son and late leader Kim Jong Il at what was a secret military camp during the fight against the Japanese at the foot of Mount Paektu, North Korea, on April 2, 2012. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
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A guide shows the way in front of a portrait of late North Korea leader Kim Jong Il in the lobby of a factory making fruit juice, near the Daedonggang Fruit Farm, on the outskirts of Pyongyang, on April 10, 2012. (Reuters/Bobby Yip) #
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The Huichon Power Station in Huichon City, some 250 km (155 mi) north of the capital, Pyongyang, during an opening ceremony for the facility on April 5, 2012. The Huichon Power Station, under construction for more than three years, was a favored project of late leader Kim Jong Il, who visited the project five times before his death in December. The opening was the first big ceremony in a month of celebrations timed for the April centenary of the birth of late President Kim Il Sung. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon) #
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North Koreans commute to work in Pyongyang on April 8, 2012. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth on April 15 with top-level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson's credentials. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images) #
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North Koreans pay their respects in front of two portraits, one of founding leader Kim Il-Sung (left) and the other of his son Kim Jong-Il in Pyongyang on April 9. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth on April 15 with top level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson's credentials. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images) #
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A female North Korean soldier working as a guide enters what was a secret military camp during the fight against the Japanese and the site of what North Koreans say is the home of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung and the birthplace of his son and late leader Kim Jong-Il at the foot of Mount Paektu, North Korea. (David Guttenfelder/Associated Press) #
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A bronze monument of the late North Koran leader Kim Il-Sung stands at the Samjiyon Grand Monument area in Samjiyon, North Korea at the base of Mount Paektu. (David Guttenfelder/Associated Press) #
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Local visitors line up to tour at Mangyongdae, the birthplace of North Korea founder Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 9. (Bobby Yip/Reuters) #
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The painting of North Korea's late presidents Kim Il-Sung (left) and his son, Kim Jong-Il hang in an auditorium of a textile factory in Pyongyang on April 9. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth, with top level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson's credentials. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images) #
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North Koreans dance during a rehearsal for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of their founding leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 9. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth on April 15. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images) #
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North Koreans are seen from the window of a train along the railway line between Pyongyang and the North Phyongan Province on the west coast on April 8. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images) #
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A North Korean soldier is seen from the window of a train standing in a an observation post along the railway heading from Pyongyang to the North Pyongan Province on the west coast on April 8. North Korea's long range rocket was on its launch platform, AFP reporters said on April 8, as the regime again insisted it was to send a peaceful satellite and not a missile. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images) #
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A factory representative gives an introduction outside Kim Jong-Suk Pyongyang Silk Mill in Pyongyang on April 9. The factory is named after the wife of North Korea founder Kim Il-Sung. (Bobby Yip/Reuters) #
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North Korean employees work in a textile factory in Pyongyang on April 9. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth, with top-level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in the coming days. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images) #
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A parent (left) photographs pupils after they took their seats during a ceremony to mark the start of a new school year at Pyongyang Middle School No. 1 in Pyongyang North Korea on April 2. (Jon Chol Jin/Associated Press) #
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A North Korean man enjoys an evening of bowling at the Golden Lanes bowling alley in Pyongyang, North Korea on April 6. (David Guttenfelder/Associated Press) #
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A North Korean man rides a bicycle on the grounds of a communal apple farm on the outskirts of Pyongyang, North Korea on April 10. (David Guttenfelder/Associated Press) #
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Staff in the Kim Jong-Suk Pyongyang Silk Mill take part in a self-study session in Pyongyang on April 9. The factory is named after the wife of North Korea founder Kim Il-Sung. (Bobby Yip/Reuters) #
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Ryu Kum-Chol, deputy director of space exploration in the Department of Space Technology of North Korea, is seen on the display of a video camera during a press conference held ahead of a satellite rocket launch in Pyongyang, North Korea on April 10. North Korean space officials said Tuesday that all assembly and preparations for a planned satellite launch have been completed, while denying it is a cover for missile test. (Ng Han Guan/Associated Press) #
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A North Korean train worker signals a passing train heading to North Phyongan Province, about 50 kilometers (35 miles) south of the border town of Sinuiju along North Korea's west coast on April 8. (David Guttenfelder/Associated Press) #
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North Korea's Unha-3 rocket, slated for liftoff between April 12-16, stands at Sohae Satellite Station in Tongchang-Ri, North Korea on April 8. North Korean space officials have moved a long-range rocket into position for this week's controversial satellite launch, vowing Sunday to push ahead with their plans in defiance of international warnings against violating a ban on missile activity. (Ng Han Guan/Associated Press) #
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North Korean soldiers wait to check journalists as they arrive at the Tongchang-Ri space center in North Phyongan Province on April 8. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth Kim Il-Sung on April 15 with top level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson's credentials. (Pedro Ugarte/Reuters) #
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A visitor poses with a soldier on guard in front of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket sitting on a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, during a guided media tour by North Korean authorities in the northwest of Pyongyang on April 8. (Bobby Yip/Reuters) #
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Scientists are seen monitoring the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket in a control room at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site during a guided media tour by North Korean authorities in the northwest of Pyongyang on April 8. North Korea has readied a rocket for a launch from a forested valley in its remote northwest this week that will showcase the reclusive state's ability to fire a missile with the capacity to hit the continental United States. The Korean characters on the banner reads "Let us occupy the high target of building a powerful nation by relying on the strength of science and technology". (Bobby Yip/Reuters) #
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The satellite that North Korean officials say will be launched with the country's Unha-3 rocket, slated for liftoff between April 12-16, is shown to the media at Sohae Satellite Station in Tongchang-Ri, North Korea on April 8. North Korean space officials have moved a long-range rocket into position for this week's controversial satellite launch, vowing Sunday to push ahead with their plans in defiance of international warnings against violating a ban on missile activity. (David Guttenfelder/Associated Press) #
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The North Korean Unha-3 rocket is pictured at Tangachai-ri space center on April 8. North Korea has confirmed their intention to launch the rocket next week despite international condemnations. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images) #

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