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    >> got new developments you're following.

    >> yeah, the american has been detained there and there are high stakes negotiations underway in north korea as officials are trying to get an 85-year-old korean war veteran released from custody. andrea mitchell is in washington with the latest. good morning.

    >> reporter: good morning, natalie. the u.s. is hoping that china can help win the release of an elderly u.s. korean war veteran that was sightseeing in north korea and that tour turned into a nightmare. an 85-year-old korean war veteran being held for four weeks on the same peninsula where he fought six decades ago. the retired teacher dreamed about visiting north korea to took a 9 day tour to the kingdom but as he and his friend prepared to leave the country, they seized him alarming frenlds at his retirement home .

    >> they're all worried.

    >> reporter: john kerry telling nbc news.

    >> this is obviously one of those moments where north korea needs to figure out where it's he heading. they have other people too. so these are all very, very disturbing choices.

    >> reporter: one of those men is kenneth bay. held for more than a year and forced to serve hard labor for three months. recently suffering from diabetes complications. his sister wants the u.s. to do more.

    >> we need their help to bring him home.

    >> reporter: all of it signaling a north korean regime.

    >> there's a trend of taking more and more aggressive actions against innocent americans.

    >> reporter: and this is a growing worry for an administration that clearly does not need another foreign policy crisis. natalie.

    >> andrea mitchell in washington. thank you.

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Photos: Glimpses into the hermit kingdom of North Korea

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  1. North Korean soldiers and civilians pose for souvenir photos in front of a fountain as they tour the grounds of Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the mausoleum where the embalmed bodies of late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are housed, in Pyongyang on April 25, 2013. North Koreans at the mausoleum were marking the 81st anniversary of the founding of its military, which began as an anti-Japanese militia and now has an estimated 1.2-million troops.

    As chief Asia photographer for the Associated Press, David Guttenfelder has had unprecedented access to communist North Korea. Here's a rare look at daily life in the secretive country. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. North Korean soldiers and civilians stand on a foot bridge to look at goldfish in a moat as they tour the grounds of Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang on April 25, 2013. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. North Korean children perform music at Mangyongdae Children's Palace in Pyongyang on April 18, 2013. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. A North Korean soldier guarding the entrance to Pyongyang's Kumsusan mausoleum looks back through the doors of the main gate on April 15, 2013. The mausoleum houses the embalmed bodies of late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Runners rest inside Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang on April 14, 2013. North Korea hosted the 26th Mangyongdae Prize Marathon as part of celebrations surrounding the birthday of late leader Kim Il Sung on April 15. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. An apartment block stands among the buildings in central Pyongyang at dusk on April 10, 2013. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. A North Korean teacher holds open a children's pop-up book, which depicts a U.S. soldier killing a Korean woman with a hatchet, in a library room at Kaeson Kindergarten in central Pyongyang on March 9, 2013. For North Koreans, anti-American indoctrination starts as early as kindergarten. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. A Mercedes car passes through a strip of sunlight on a street in central Pyongyang on March 8, 2013. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. A North Korean woman sings karaoke at the Hyangsan Hotel at the foot of Mount Myohyang on Feb. 23, 2013. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. North Koreans walk past brightly-lit apartment buildings on the new Changjon Street in Pyongyang on Feb. 21, 2013. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. A North Korean nurse looks out of a window at a neighborhood health clinic in Pyongyang on Feb. 21, 2013. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Photos show examples of hair styles inside a hair salon in Pyongyang on Feb. 20, 2013. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. A North Korean nurse comforts a baby at a nursery inside Pyongyang Maternity Hospital on Feb. 20, 2013. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. A North Korean woman, with a fake Kalashnikov rifle used in a theatrical performance, waits for a ride in front of the Pyongyang Grand Theater on Feb. 17, 2013. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. A North Korean portrait photographer poses North Korean soldiers under a mosaic of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang on Feb. 17, 2013. The soldiers were attending an exhibition of Kimjongilia flowers, named after Kim Jong Il. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. A singer performs in Pyongyang on Feb. 17, 2013, in front of a backdrop that reads "Let's strike the imperialists mercilessly with the same success we had carrying out the 3rd nuclear test." (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. North Korean schoolboys play with a photographer's professional camera in front of statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Feb. 16, 2013. Starting Jan. 18, foreigners were allowed for the first time to bring mobile phones into North Korea and access the Internet through a local provider on data capable 3G connection on mobile phones. This picture, taken on an iPhone, was posted to Instagram the same day.

    Click to see David Guttenfelder's Instagram feed of pictures from North Korea. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. North Korean traffic police officers gather in front of bronze statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il to pay their respects in Pyongyang on Feb. 16, 2013. North Koreans turned out to commemorate what would have been the 71st birthday of Kim Jong Il who died on Dec. 17, 2011.

    Video: Elaborate farewell for Kim Jong Il (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Swimmers perform at a synchronized swimming exhibition in Pyongyang on Feb. 15, 2013. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. An off-duty traffic policeman laces up ice skates as his colleague looks on at an ice skating rink in Pyongyang on Jan. 11, 2013. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Men shovel snow from the roof of a building in Pyongyang on Jan. 10, 2013. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. North Koreans work at computer terminals inside the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang on Jan. 9, 2013. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. A woman walks down stairs at a restaurant meant primarily for tourists in Kaesong on Sept. 11, 2012. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. A man holds a woman's bag and parasol as they play miniature golf at a new amusement park in Pyongyang on Sept. 8, 2012. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. North Koreans watch a dolphin show at a new amusement park in Pyongyang on Sept. 8, 2012. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. A dolphin leaps from a tank during a show in Pyongyang on Sept. 8, 2012. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. North Koreans try to rebuild the banks of a riverbed washed out by flooding near their cornfields in Songchon County on Aug. 13, 2012. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. A displaced North Korean man, left homeless by flooding, walks among temporary tents and damaged homes in his destroyed neighborhood in Ungok on Aug. 13, 2012. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. A truck, retro-fitted to run on a barrel of burning wood, stops on a road in Hamhung on Aug. 11, 2012. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. A couple dances at Majon beach near Hamhung on Aug. 11, 2012. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. The sun sets over Pyongyang as seen from a downtown hotel room on Aug. 11, 2012. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. A family picnics in the grass at a hilltop park overlooking Pyongyang on April 18, 2012. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. North Koreans enjoy a picnic on a hilltop park overlooking Pyongyang on April 18, 2012, a national holiday celebrating the birthday period of the late leader Kim Il Sung. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. A North Korean choir sings during a concert in Pyongyang on April 16, 2012, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. North Koreans look on with delight as they watch a fireworks display along the Taedong River in Pyongyang to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late North Korean founder Kim Il Sung on April 15, 2012. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. North Koreans walk down a street after a military parade in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late North Korean founder Kim Il Sung on April 15, 2012. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. North Koreans rest under portraits of Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il after a military parade in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung on April 15, 2012. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Technicians work at computer terminals at the General Launch Command Center of North Korea's space agency on the outskirts of Pyongyang on April 11, 2012. Officials at the command center showed reporters a live feed of the launch pad where engineers were pumping fuel into a rocket set to carry a satellite into space. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. Ryu Kum Chol, deputy director of space exploration in the Department of Space Technology of North Korea, speaks to the international media in Pyongyang on April 10, 2012. North Korean space officials said that all assembly and preparations for a planned satellite launch had been completed, while denying it was a cover for a missile test. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. Men drink and sing inside a pagoda at a hilltop park overlooking Pyongyang on April 18, 2012. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  41. Commuters ride on a trolley car in central Pyongyang on April 17, 2012. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  42. Members of North Korea's military talk as they line up at a stadium in Pyongyang during a mass meeting called by the Central Committee of North Korea's ruling party on April 14, 2012. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  43. Pedestrians walk along a street past apartment blocks in central Pyongyang on April 10, 2012. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  44. A boy runs on a hilltop in the countryside in North Korea's North Phyongan province on April 8, 2012. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  45. A man stands on a rural road in North Korea's North Phyongan province on April 8, 2012. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  46. A soldiers stands guard in front of the country's Unha-3 rocket at Sohae Satellite Station in Tongchang-ri on April 8, 2012. The Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite was launched on April 13 but failed to reach orbit. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  47. A North Korean woman holding artificial flowers stands on the side of a road in Pyongyang on April 7, 2012, after returning from a rehearsal for a parade to honor North Korean leaders. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  48. A female North Korean soldier, working as a guide, stands before a map on April 4, 2012, to explain the layout of what is said to be a campsite where the late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung overnighted while leading a battle against the Japanese at the foot of Mt. Paektu. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  49. North Korean women carrying wooden snow shovels walk along a road at the foot of Mt. Paektu near Samjiyon, North Korea, on April 3, 2012. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  50. North Korean students practice playing the accordion at the Schoolchildrens' Palace in Samjiyon on April 3, 2012. The facility provides after-school programs in the arts, sciences and sports, and computer and vocational training. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  51. A student learns to drive a tractor on a computerized driving simulator at the Schoolchildren's Palace in Samjiyon, North Korea, on April 3, 2012. The facility provides after-school programs in the arts, sciences and sports, and computer and vocational training. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  52. New North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second from left, applauds as he leaves the stands at Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang after reviewing a parade of thousands of soldiers and commemorating the 70th birthday of the late Kim Jong Il on Feb. 16, 2012. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  53. A North Korean soldier smiles from the back of an army vehicle at Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang before a parade of thousands of soldiers commemorating the 70th birthday of the country's late leader Kim Jong Il on Feb. 16, 2012. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  54. Audience members applaud as a large screen shows a portrait of Kim Jong Il during a concert in Pyongyang commemorating the late North Korean leader on what would have been his 70th birthday on Feb. 16, 2012. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  55. A North Korean stands at attention as others cheer during the unveiling of a new bronze statue depicting the late leader Kim Jong Il and his father Kim Il Sung at Mansudae Art Studio in Pyongyang on Feb. 14, 2012. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  56. A woman stands next to tank filled with goldfish in an office at the Korean Central News Agency building in Pyongyang on Jan. 16, 2012.

    PhotoBlog: Associated Press photographer talks about looking for the familiar in isolated North Korea. (David Guttenfelder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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