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Updated 11:42 AM ET, Thu February 16, 2017

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Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN)CNN’s Will Ripley, Justin Robertson and Tim Schwartz are the only Western broadcasters reporting from North Korea since it conducted a ballistic missile test on Sunday, the first one of 2017.

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#NorthKorea soldiers watch fireworks in #Pyongyang

A post shared by Will Ripley (@willripleycnn) on Feb 16, 2017 at 2:53am PST

A sea of smartphones as #NorthKorea citizens watch fireworks in #Pyongyang (Pic: Ellana Lee)

A post shared by Will Ripley (@willripleycnn) on Feb 16, 2017 at 5:32am PST

#NorthKorea soldiers in #Pyongyang’s Il Sung square celebrating the birthday of late leader Kim Jong Il (Pic: Ellana Lee)

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A #NorthKorean boy and his father watching the fireworks (Pic: Ellana Lee)

A post shared by Will Ripley (@willripleycnn) on Feb 16, 2017 at 5:31am PST

I’m seeing many more #NorthKoreans with smartphones. Here, they photograph an ice sculpture in #Pyongyang

A post shared by Will Ripley (@willripleycnn) on Feb 16, 2017 at 3:06am PST

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‪CNN’s first ever Facebook live from #Pyongyang #NorthKorea w/ cameraman @cnn_justin

A post shared by Will Ripley (@willripleycnn) on Feb 16, 2017 at 5:40am PST

Mass dancing in Pyongyang, North Korea

A post shared by Justin Robertson (@cnn_justin) on Feb 15, 2017 at 11:40pm PST

A North Korean boy visits the ‘Kimjongilia’ flower show. The red flowers are named after late North leader Kim Jong Il.

A post shared by Will Ripley (@willripleycnn) on Feb 15, 2017 at 10:13pm PST

A North Korean female soldier stands guard at the Mansu Hill Grand Monument, Thursday, February 16.

The latest page turners at the bookshop for tourists in the Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang. #pyongyang #northkorea

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North Korean woman walks alone in a traditional dress, a Joseonot, on the birthday of late leader Kim Jong Il

A post shared by Justin Robertson (@cnn_justin) on Feb 15, 2017 at 9:20pm PST

Our live location in #Pyongyang #NorthKorea. I really need to start tucking in my shirt. Pic: @cnn_justin

A post shared by Will Ripley (@willripleycnn) on Feb 15, 2017 at 4:31pm PST

North Korean man walks his bicycle over the Taedong bridge in Pyongyang.

A post shared by Justin Robertson (@cnn_justin) on Feb 16, 2017 at 1:39am PST

‪Good morning from a chilly #Pyongyang #NorthKorea. You can see the icy #Taedong river.‬

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#NorthKorea evening propaganda broadcast shows images of Sunday’s ballistic missile launch

A post shared by Will Ripley (@willripleycnn) on Feb 14, 2017 at 9:46pm PST

Soldiers pay respects to the late #NorthKorean leaders. This is considered one of the ‘holiest’ sites in #Pyongyang

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The symbol of the Workers Party, the ruling (and only) party, atop this gov’t building in #Pyongyang #NorthKorea

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Portraits of the late #NorthKorean leaders are everywhere in #Pyongyang

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Flowers for sale to pay respects to the late leaders of #NorthKorea

A post shared by Will Ripley (@willripleycnn) on Feb 15, 2017 at 12:22am PST

More people are taking taxis these days but most people ride the bus in #NorthKorea #NorthKorea

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One of the many underground street crossings in #Pyongyang #NorthKorea

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Residential areas of Pyongyang.. Looking out over the frozen Taedong river.

A post shared by Justin Robertson (@cnn_justin) on Feb 14, 2017 at 8:25pm PST

North Korean man fishing through the ice in Pyongyang

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Cnn crew leaving for Pyongyang.. @willripleycnn @cnni @tjschwarz

A post shared by Justin Robertson (@cnn_justin) on Feb 13, 2017 at 10:17pm PST

Landing in Pyongyang, North Korea

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