Why Pyongyang is using gleaming skyscrapers to show ‘potential of socialist Korea’

Ryomyong Street - soldiers march

They appeared at the far end of the empty streets: columns of thousands of people, all converging on a freshly paved stretch of road in central Pyongyang. This is the opening of Ryomyong Street — a major development project constructed in less than a year, and one meant to show North Korea’s economic strength.

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