North Korea has long been one of the most isolated — and secretive — nations in the world. Yet, ironically, it remains at the forefront of international headlines, whether it's speculation over the country's nuclear capabilities or play-by-plays of leader Kim Jong-un's summit with President Trump. This amalgam of elements — an air of mystery combined with a visible standing on the global stage — make North Korea a subject of infinite interest. And while access is highly restricted, Western photographers are, from time to time, allowed within its borders. Earlier this month, Getty Images photographer Carl Court was granted this much-sought-after (and hard to get) access, spending a week in the Communist state documenting people at work and at play.Carl Court/Getty Images GAINING ENTRY Carl Court/Getty Images GETTING AROUND
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