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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