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North Korea's rocket dreams - Editor's Choice - Pictures of the Day - April 8, 2012

North Korean officials escorted a group of international media by train from Pyongyang to see the country's Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket. North Korea has confirmed their intention to launch the long-range rocket next week between April 12-16 at Sohae Satellite Station in Tongchang-ri, despite international condemnations.

The latest glimpse at life inside the hermit kingdom:


Smoke rises from a plant at dawn in downtown Pyongyang April 8, 2012. (Reuters/Bobby Yip)


Women walk past a building with a slogan which reads "Long live the great Juche Idea!" in downtown Pyongyang. (Reuters/Bobby Yip)


Villagers travel in a truck in a field northwest of Pyongyang. (Reuters/Bobby Yip)


North Korean farmers, resting in a field, are seen through the window of a train heading to North Phyongan Province on the way to Sohae Satellite Station. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)


A North Korean boy walks on top of a hill as a train passes by. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)


A North Korean waitress serves packaged meals for lunch on the train. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)


A conductor displays flag signals to a passing-by train outside a station featuring a portrait of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung northwest of Pyongyang. (Reuters/Bobby Yip)


A North Korean soldier stands at a check point. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)


North Korean satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 is pictured at the Tangachai-ri Space Centre. (AFP/Getty Images/Pedro Ugarte)


The Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket is pictured sitting on a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site. (Reuters/Bobby Yip)


A North Korean technician checks the Unha-3 rocket. (AFP/Getty Images/Pedro Ugarte)


A soldier stands guard in front of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket. (Reuters/Bobby Yip)


Engineers check the base of Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket. (Reuters/Bobby Yip)


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