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North Korea on Thursday hastily rounded up 200 foreign reporters in Pyongyang to observe the opening of Ryomyong Street, an avenue of glitzy high-rise apartments.
Reporters at first thought they were expected to cover a missile launch or military parade but found themselves confronted with nothing more dramatic than leader Kim Jong-un cutting the ribbon on the prestige project, where loyal members of the elite are to be housed.
The reporters, who are visiting the North for the 105th birthday of nation founder Kim Il-sung on Saturday, had been told to prepare for a "big and important event," but not even their minders knew what that was.