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A North Korean military officer looks through his binoculars on a boat on the Yalu River (HAP/Quirky China News / Rex Features)

North Korea: Life on the border

2 April 2013

Rare views of North Korean life are revealed thanks to a set of vantage points at its borders with China, South Korea and Russia that allows photographers a glimpse into the secretive state. North Korea has intensified its threats towards South Korea and the US in recent weeks and a missile test could be imminent. South Korea and its northern neighbour have technically been at war since the cessation of armed conflict in 1953 as a peace treaty was never signed.