Pictures Of Pyongyang: WSJ Unveils Never-Before-Seen Images From North Korea's Showcase Capital

Tyler Durden's picture

For the first time since 2008, a team of Wall Street Journal journalists has been allowed to visit and document the North Korean capital city of Pyongyang just as tensions between the US and its longtime geopolitical foe are reaching a boiling point.

The team of reporters was taken on a guided tour of the showcase capital, reporting that the country’s nuclear ambitions appear to be etched into the city’s landscape. Giant sculptures of atoms sit on top of new apartment towers built for the country’s nuclear scientists.

The atomic aesthetics, WSJ said, only reinforced the idea that the country would never voluntarily part with its nuclear program.

“During a recent visit, the first by The Wall Street Journal since 2008, the city’s atomic aesthetics reinforced the message government officials conveyed repeatedly to the Journal reporters: North Korea won’t part with its nuclear weapons under any circumstances and is resolved to suffer economic sanctions and risk war with the U.S. to keep them.”

One North Korean official told the WSJ that the country has ”grown up” and that it isn’t “interested in dialogue that would undermine our newly built strategic status.”

WSJ noted that North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan on the second day of the trip. And hours after the group departed, US President Donald Trump vowed to “totally destroy North Korea” if the US is required to defend itself or allies, saying leader Kim Jong Un, whom he called “Rocket Man”, was on a “suicide path for himself and his regime.”

However, the two English-speaking diplomats in dark suits who chaperoned WSJ’s reporters during their trip took a “more measured tone.”

Over the next few days, they monitored several official interviews, visits to city landmarks and brief encounters with a handful of Pyongyang residents, which appeared to signal a rare outreach campaign by the government for outside news organizations to convey what it sees as the logic of its nuclear-weapons program. The US and North Korea don’t have diplomatic relations, and even indirect contact is limited.

North Korea only allows outside media to visit with the explicit sanction of the state, and visitors are kept under close watch. Authorities granted WSJ requests to visit factories and stores, which were chosen by the government.

Here is a collection of photos the reporters took during their visit to Pyongyang:

An atomic sculpture outside a newly constructed residential building for the country's nuclear scientists.

Children play with plastic weapons at an orphanage in Pyongyang.

The Dear Leader...


The entrance hall at Pyongyang’s new science library, crowned by a painting of former leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il...

A replica of a North Korean rocket stands in the center of the science library...

In another telling detail, WSJ spoke with Ri Song Ho, who directs the Golden Cup Trading Co. factory, which produces some 700 different snacks, sodas, breads and sweets. Among its brands is a cake featuring an image of a North Korean rocket ready for launch.

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MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

Well, let the tourism begin!

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

When 30% of its population died and all 78 of its cities were levelled in the 3 year Korea war... can you blame them for being obsessively defensive? 


JLee2027's picture

Yes, I can blame them. They choose war.

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Yes... you and every other imbecile.

Don't let facts stand in the way of your blood lust.


SantaClaws's picture

"When 30% of its population died and all 78 of its cities were levelled in the 3 year Korea war... can you blame them for being obsessively defensive?"

What percentage of its population is held prisoner in its prison camps and of those how many die each year from overwork and/or starvation?

Manthong's picture


They are all so happy there.

Except if psychopath fat boy wants to beat you into a coma and send you home to die or kill you at point blank range with artillery


Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Yeah... Good point. Let's go murder millions of them. 

Or instead. We could just fuck off and mind our own business. 

Manthong's picture

I am conflicted.

If given the chance, I would put a .45 into his skull… he is a clear and present danger to everyone including his own people.

But I don’t want to kill millions of his zombies.


But, the NYT might consider moving their HQ there.

They would fit right in.



totenkopf88's picture

You sound like one of those tough-guy douchebags like Yeb Bush that say you would kill Baby Hitler if given the chance

Manthong's picture

Baby Hitler did not do anything yet.

And Hitler would have still been in the beer hall if Wilson had not entered us in WWI and subsequently helped rape a defeated Germany.


Tough enough to do what is necessary, and I am pretty good with a .45.

Don't be be a wuss.

21 weeks???

Go back to Facebook.

Volkodav's picture

      good answer


Oh regional Indian's picture

It's quite simple really, but thick-skulled, indoctrinated, propagandized Americans are beyond re-educatign themselves.

Even on this board full of supposed intelligent people, even some of th eoldest handles..... the drivel that pours out sez that ZH is probably totally compromised by now...

THIS is the truth.....suck it...

Oldwood's picture

If you got something MEANINGFUL to say, do so and stop pushing your fucking link.

What this board has more than anything else of is self righteous smartasses absolutely convinced that they and they alone hold the ultimate knowledge.

It should be enought to have conversation and debate, but NO, lets just trash anyone who disagrees as stupid and go on with our enlightened drivel.

This is typical of what the world faces, anonymous screaming voices ultimately rising to hateful threats of violence.

Slack Jack's picture

Engdahl says Kim Jong Un is false opposition.

Engdahl says that Kim Jong Un lived in Switzerland from 1991 until 2000. He attended the Liebefeld Steinhölzli school in Köniz near Bern. The strongest hint that Kim Jong Un is a "Pentagon" puppet and not a communist (Chinese) puppet is that he had China's best friend in Pyongyang, Jang Sung-taek, executed. He also ordered the systematic execution of all other members of Jang's family including children and grandchildren (and others that were considered too close to China).

Other hints are that he is usefully (to the US) provocative and doesn't seem to listen to China.

Engdahl also thinks North Korea is an Pentagon Vassal State, but it seems more likely that Kim Jong Un is indeed a "Pentagon" man but that North Korea is (i.e., will be treated as) an enemy state.

Remember: The first rule for fighting a (real) war is to place your own puppet as the leader of the enemy.

Also, one should not forget that Trump, Obama, Bush and Clinton are all Jews.

Oldwood's picture

America is EVIL.

Got it.

What do you want to do, overthrow the government?

So WHAT'S your fucking plan besides constant denigration of America?

I'm sick of this nonstop ignorant shit. Search the web for SOMEONE....ANYONE who can support your notion and then spread it about. Piss and shit on everything, because god knows our best answer for the future is to lay and wallow in our own shit doing NOTHING about it.

If you just want to show your disgust, go shit in the middle of the street. put your NAME on it.

God, ZH has begun to reek of shit. Fight club....what a fucking LAUGH!

It's not a fight club, it's a shit toss. Absolutely nothing is accomplished here except denigration....of our nation, and of ourselves. Wouldn't MOTHER be proud!

dialogue, discussion, debate and even argument, but this is NONE of that.

eatthebanksters's picture

The smart people left years ago...there are a few left who pop their heads up every onece in a while, but ZH has turned into a sensationalist rag that attract the extreme from both sides...its sad what the pursuit of ad sales has done to the site.

giovanni_f's picture

there  only three (rogue) nations with a legitimate right to self-defense, according to the predominant US propaganda: Israel, Ukraine, US. All other nations automatically turn into aggressor nations in the moment they refuse to play by the rules imposed by the Angloimperialists.

North Korea, and Iran for that matter,  have every right to maximize the unattractiveness of an attack on it, in the same fucking fashion Israel has. Of course, AIPAC and a few trillion makes the difference in perception.

new game's picture

man(UN)kind is ruled by the biggest club. it changes hands about every 100-200 years. merica is at the tail end of it's club rule. seems as though the new club holder(s) have formed a club of their own(iran/russia/china) aimed at  dethroning the club dolla. but that club is gonna get a clubbing by the club-dolla soon and the victor will be the new club holder...

mucho violence to come to man(UN)kind. find a quite corner with very little traffic, both air and ground.

Tarzan's picture

The only purpose of all out war is feeding the Machine. 

Isolating NK, destroying his toys, taking out the rocket boy are all possible without destroying the Country and it's people, but then they'd be destroying their excuse for MOAR WAR. 

We spent Billions developing a missile defense system, why not use them on these rockets he's testing, before taking the world to war?  Because it has nothing to do with protecting us from Kim, or his rockets, war is the goal!

We're all being played for fools, stop the fucking wars, stop building the NWO with the blood of our kids!  It's no different then carrying kids to the top of a temple and sacrificing them to the gods of DC...

We live in the land of 24/7 propaganda, where we carry a tracking device at all times and hardly a minute elapses without the telescreen telling us what to think.  North Korea looks like a 60s version of America today.

most of the world is beholden to the Bankers.  Countries like NK and Iran have one thing in common, they're not part of the great Ponzi, because they have no Central Bank, no device to skim from the peoples labor, thus a threat to the perpetual growth needed to stave off the coming flash crash.


“Woe, woe to the great city, clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls! For in a single hour such fabulous wealth has been destroyed!”

Manthong's picture

Saturday a.m.

Boy, did I just acquire an interesting perspective…

Kim Jong un is a crazy malcontent psychopath, but he is not stupid (like certain flamer marsupials on this site).

The Norks have always been envious of the success of the south.

The end game for him is a move on South Korea.

He wants the nukes on a rocket to deter Japan and the US from action to help the South when he makes his move for the “greater good” of uniting Korea under his rule.

That makes way more sense than developing long range ballistic nukes just to launch them for fun or to protect himself from a non-existent arbitrary US threat.


And... this has been one helluva thread.  :-D


Crazy Or Not's picture

Even Special Inspector General concludes US Forces made a Total Fuck Up (extracts etc) of Post War Afghanistan.
Yet to say so on ZH these days one does not get the investigative dialogue one did 2/3 years back, more a tirade of dogmatic abuse and ranting from those unwilling or unable to question if their values or opinions stand up to self scrutiny. 
If US went kinetic on N Korea I can't imagine the ensuing fuck up would be much different from the 16 year FU that is Afghanistan. 

Mustafa Kemal's picture

Man, alot of ragging on ZH these days. I still read it and get much from it. You got something better?

How about this?

Ring_Of_Fire's picture

Bro most Americans aint evil.. We have had some evil assholes running our country the last 100 years, but I will always stand for the national anthem out of fucking respect for the good American people and what they stand for..

Grumbleduke's picture
Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don't fall out of the sky. They don't pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It's what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you're going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain't going to do any good; you're just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it's not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here... like, the public. Yeah, the public sucks. There's a nice campaign slogan for somebody: 'The Public Sucks. F*ck Hope.”

George Carlin

ich1baN's picture

George Carlin is good but I think it has more to do with socio-paths, the top 1% of 1% of pscyhos are attracted to the power that they are given when they become a politician. 

I stand by, that most people on average tend to be good-hearted in America today. Don't believe me, go through a hurricane like I did in Florida and you'll see the daily level of altruism by regular folks.... yea, there are looters, but they too are the fringe minority in such a situation.

Teja's picture

Agree, this is what I always think when people complain about politicians in my country, too. No hope, long term. Majority will always vote for crappy politicians and fake easy solutions like "spend more money and lower taxes".

AIs, take over please, and maybe treat us as some kind of pet animals.

Falcon49's picture

That is because the system has been usurped and taken over (long ago).  The people have no real power or choices in today's political is all fake.  It is theater designed to give the illusion that the people are making the choices....but, in fact they get to chose from per-approved candidates.  The whole left / right thing is designed to keep the people divided for easy control and manipulation. Most are just as brainwashed as the poor people of NK.

When the power elite learned that by usurping and using the two party system they could keep any real competition from emerging and easily play the people for fools...that was the beginning of the end.  They could manipulate the people, consolidate and centralize power, and turn the population into modern day serfs.

nekcif's picture

Engdahl certainly also thinks sea level will will rise 80 meters.......why do you care who has what religion if we all drown soon according to your climate change alarmist propaganda?
Where are you peer reviewed sources to these statements ....

Bendromeda Strain's picture


Also, one should not forget that Trump, Obama, Bush and Clinton are all Jews.

It's a shame sharks can't look up because it would have been awesome to see you get eaten out of the air as you passed overhead. IF you had said "the Rockefeller's were actually Jews" I would have said, hey maybe SlackJaw isn't a total waste.

Oh regional Indian's picture

You can click or ignore Oldman. Zh is okay with links, so far.

You may not be violent but your naZION sure is, so educate yourself. Or not.

Don't give me your own superior sounding talk, look in the mirror....

I am not what you think I am. YOU are what you think I am....

Oldwood's picture

I read your drivel for YEARS, and all of it has been to direct to your link. ZH has no rules against BULLSHIT for sure. Your superiority reeks of this same self aggrandizing SHIT. Yes we KNOW your are a superior INDIAN being. Play us a fucking song.

And please do sing us your praises for the wonderful "progressive"society of India.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Sorry oldman, not sure why you're butthurt about a link that points to some harsh truth about the subject matter under discussion here.

Could it be that you feel impotent? I'm sure many here do. I do too.

But I have no problems facing the truth of my own situation/nation... as in here... DON'T click the links, okay? ;-)

And for good measure, some music, just because.....

Sparkey's picture

Hello ORI, it seems today is your day to be picked on, people post to evoke a response so the criticism you are recieving is a good measure of your effectiveness as a poster, I personally experience your work as enlightening, I read your posts and visit your blog, I enjoy the way you parse english words and expose their meanings, Thanks for everything!


" If you are willing to look at another person's behavior towards you as a reflection of the state of their relationship with them selves rather than a statement about your value as a person, than you will, over a period of time, cease to react at all!"

Yogi Bhajan

Oh regional Indian's picture

Hey sparkey, gracias for your graciously worded post. Appreciate the appreciation.

I did a paraphrase of Yogi Bhajan's words below somewhere... I am not what you think I am, you are what you think I am....

It's all good, eh? 

stampman's picture

Um, seems to me that you guys are in a little hot shooting war with your neighbor China, is that not correct?  And you lecture us about this with NK???

And how about your neighbor Pakistan?  Never any violence, war or emnity with them either, eh?

Overall I think that East Indians are great people, and I see you making a good effort.  But, we don't need a lecture about peace from someone who fights wth his neighbors.

Eyes Opened's picture

"What this board has more than anything else of is self righteous smartasses absolutely convinced that they and they alone hold the ultimate knowledge."


And then u promptly show your own hubris.....

Did u even look at his link ?? 

I did... &  I am glad I did as I learned some stuff from the ***ZH POST***  repeated on that site. One of our own giving a history of just why we are where we are today.

Don't be do fucking quick to judge others asshole....

pazmaker's picture

His site sucks.  Let him pay for advertising like other sites do otherwise he is as bad the my grandma.makes $8000 a day online links.

He has been pimping it for years and has contradicted himself too many times to count. 


I think he even predicted the end of the world.once and was obviously wrong.

Oldwood's picture

I have NO problem with opinions. Just tired of everyone pushing their damned sites. And NO, for that reason I will NOT follow his link. This place is packed solid with cut and paste and everybody's links.

ORI used to be able to post his opinions, now only has time to drop his "links".

B1G mNy's picture

You are spot on! I have stopped coming as much due to all the damn links and as you put it self righteous smartasses absolutely convinced... B$

Eyes Opened's picture

Its funny... a while back peeps were complaining about others cutting & pasting entire articles....

"just give us the link & stop cluttering up the comments section with blocks of txt !!!" they cried....

No pleasing some people....

If a link is posted u can choose to click or not, just stop with the hysterics already....

stampman's picture

"What this board has more than anything else of is self righteous smartasses absolutely convinced that they and they alone hold the ultimate knowledge."

Yep, that's me!  :)

All Risk No Reward's picture

Here are some facts:

1. The private supranational Debt-Money Monopolists control the fraudulent debt-based money supply in the West.
2. Since they collect interest on most of the world's money supply, they invest to leverage control of the Mega-Corporations, including the MIC.
3. The MIC, and its owners, want to grow profits.
4. They Debt-Money Monopolists will maximize their debt-money banking profits when ever country is on their BIS debt-money system.
5. North Korea doesn't have a BIS central bank.
6. Syria doesn't have a BIS central (neither does Iran... the dots are connecting themselves, are you, the viewer, able to see them do so?).
7. BankstObama's terrorist financing in Syria went south when BankstoTrump took office thanks to an "October Surprise" criminal investigation announcement that too place 4 or 5 months after the AG determined he wouldn't prosecute Hillary. Yeah, Comey did that - and read it again because the Banksters have occulted this REALITY and generated a lot of propaganda to cover it up.
8. In order to keep the illusion that BankstoTrump is an outsider, the Banksters apparently agreed to tone down the military spending to topple the Syrian government (and basically put al Qaeda types in charge like they did in Libya... we are so stupid as a people.. so callous, too... nobody will be left to do anything when the Banksters murder us or turn us over to the crazies).

Hmmmmmmm... where are the Banksters going to orchestrate strife to keep those MIC profits GROWING?

BTW, there's no doubt Un is a bad guy - all tyrants are bad guys.

But he's not 1/1000 as powerful or as smart as the Banksters, who literally deploy a weapon to annually murder more than 20 million people, mostly children every single year.

Stalin, Mao, or even Ted Bundy, couldn't dream of murdering so many people in broad daylight.

It is reality, I can expose the effect, but the chances are your mind is programmed in such a way that you simply can't comprehend the weapon in play - even though I mentioned it in this post in a different context.

Even with that hint, you probably still can't wrap your mind around this reality.

UNREALITY is simply too comforting.

But it ain't real.

Citizen_x's picture

  Not one response. 

The poet penned the phrase  "Silence is Deafening".  Real and poignant topic;  And a cowardly population has itself to blame.

"When tyranny becomes law; rebellion becomes duty".  Two dollar bill Thom...

pazmaker's picture

Will you stop pimping your blog!  Insult people want but please stop pimping that God awful site!  I think I've been on zerohedge like 5 years now and you have been a troll blog pimping poster since back then!

LasVegasDave's picture

hard to take seriously comments from an anti american street shitter

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

So says Shylock the Sincere. 


Bendromeda Strain's picture

Hey Jugdish - STOP making me post this link, PLEASE! Every time you make an asinine comment abut the character of Americans I am compelled to remind the world about the third world demonic shithole that births clowns like you.

The Indian people are indisputably intelligent, and I run into them in hospitals and IT departments all the time, and yet what to make of this insanity from so called intelligent people? Are you Hindu, bubu? I have my own opinions on Islam and it's founder, but at least the Paki's stopped worshiping excrement.

Mr 9x19's picture

problem is, nobody here was in age to understand or even borned in korean war. have grown with american amazingistan, and never put a fucking foot on N.K ground to report a reel vision of the situation, you only talk about what msm have set in your minds.


that, is the problem, you defend nk or usa without letigimacy nor knowledge.


all i know is war is costly, WW3 not gonna happen because banksters would not have debt payback for that one[ the 1st telling me all debt is not repayable  definitivly understand nothing ), and would totally collapse actual financial system,  it is a parade for making smooth slide of paradigm.


there is nothing to see, go learn to grow vegetable instead of wanking on no information page.

stampman's picture

It's easier to just sit here and read more posts.

YOU get out there and pick those weeds!