North Korea is one of the most closed countries in the world, about what is happening in which sometimes you can only guess. Today, the world community is wondering if the DPRK’s refusal to test nuclear weapons will mark the beginning of a new era. Photographer Karim Sahay went behind the Korean curtain to remove ordinary moments from the life of the locals.
On Saturday, April 21, North Korea announced the freezing of nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles, and also stopped the operation of a nuclear test site in the north of the country (probably Punheri). Today, Kim Jong-un has agreed to check the nuclear test site by the US Inspectorate.
According to Kim Jong-un, Pyongyang no longer needs testing, because the country has completed the creation of nuclear weapons. It decided to keep the DPRK, but promised not to use it unless there is a threat to its security.
North Korea has been freezing its nuclear program to resume its dialogue with neighboring countries and the international community.At the same time, the ruling party proclaimed the development of the economy and "a cardinal increase in the standard of living of the people."
“Taking pictures in the DPRK is problematic: professional cameras, lenses, video cameras and computers may be suspicious. During my last trip to North Korea, even cell phones were banned.
One day, while I was waiting for the start of the military parade, a pioneer detachment caught my eye. One of the pioneers was very interested in my camera. Without thinking, I gave it into his hands - and for a couple of minutes the cultural and language differences between us disappeared.
I knew beforehand that I would not have complete freedom of movement, that there would be guides with me, but I took it as an additional challenge to my creativity.
One evening I was lucky to be left unattended and watch the residents - dinner makers, watching TV, sewing clothes, hanging clothes, hair styling. To see these everyday moments was the purpose of my trip.