Google chairperson Eric Schmidt went to North Korea with a small posse including his daughter Sophie. You should definitely read her blog of the visit:
When we asked how old Un had turned (29? 30?), we were told that "Koreans keep track of age differently" than we do. Alright, then.One is left with the impression of a bankrupt country straining to put on an act of "Juche" (self-reliance) that could collapse at any moment. The only question is what the butcher's bill will be when the collapse comes.
In a fantastic bit of timing, as we exited the train, the station's power cut out (above right). The commuters around us immediately pulled out flashlights, which they presumably carry all the time. Can't win 'em all, minders.