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North Korean restaurant staff exercise in China

Dandong city, China, 11-2003..North Korean restaurant staff performs routine morning exercises. The waitresses, selected from government officials in North Korea, have been politically trained to operate in a foreign country. ..The restaurant is owned by the North Korean government and the waitresses are under strict control. They are not allowed to walk out of the restaurant unaccompanied. If they escape their family in North Korea would be in trouble...The woman in the foreground is Chinese. ..Ruled by the messianic leader Kim Il Sung and his son Kim Jong Il since 1948, North Korea has stubbornly stuck to its juche (self-reliance) ideology and siege mentality, imposing one Stalinist economic plan after another. Floods, droughts and mismanagement in the 1990s plunged the country into a preventable famine, killing up to three million, or 13 percent of the population. It now depends heavily on Chinese aid...China help North Korea fight the Korean War in the 1950s and continue to have a defence treaty with the Stalinist country..

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Dandong city, China, 11-2003..North Korean restaurant staff performs routine morning exercises. The waitresses, selected from government officials in North Korea, have been politically trained to operate in a foreign country. ..The restaurant is owned by the North Korean government and the waitresses are under strict control. They are not allowed to walk out of the restaurant unaccompanied. If they escape their family in North Korea would be in trouble...The woman in the foreground is Chinese. ..Ruled by the messianic leader Kim Il Sung and his son Kim Jong Il since 1948, North Korea has stubbornly stuck to its juche (self-reliance) ideology and siege mentality, imposing one Stalinist economic plan after another. Floods, droughts and mismanagement in the 1990s plunged the country into a preventable famine, killing up to three million, or 13 percent of the population. It now depends heavily on Chinese aid...China help North Korea fight the Korean War in the 1950s and continue to have a defence treaty with the Stalinist country..