TODAY   |  July 26, 2013

Ann Curry goes inside N. Korea 60 years after Korean War

NBC’s Ann Curry goes inside North Korea, getting a small glimpse of a population largely cut off from the outside world, as the government commemorates the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

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>>> cerimonies are underway in north korea to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the korean war . ann curvy there covering the festivities.

>>> good morning from north korea where our news team is set to cover a massive military parade here tomorrow commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of the korean war . though our movements here are tightly controlled we're getting small glimpses of the people largely cutoff from the rest of the world .

>> reporter: arriving at night in a nation shrouded in secrecy, the world's press gets a rare invitation to go inside north korea . restricted to traveling in the capitol and only with government minders we are moved quickly. sometimes stopped from video taping and warned anti-american sentiment is high because of this anniversary. the first thing the government wanted us to see is war heros. many now in their 80s lined up once again.

>> all of these people are coming to mark the opening of the national cemetery dedicated to what they're calling the martyrs of the korean war . this is essentially north korea 's version of arlington cemetery .

>> reporter: the government also wanted to make sure we saw the nation's new 30-year-old leader who threatened the u.s. with another war just last april. then to our surprise, we were taken to a flower show to see an orchid grown to honor his father and grandfather. amid the flowers, military hardware. but also along the way we were able to see unscripted glimpses of change. a few more cars but mostly people still get around on foot or bike. just what kind of north korea these children will grow up in will depend on how much change this regime allows.

>> at tomorrow's parade it's expected we'll see north korea 's newest military hardware. if kim jong un also makes a speech, it maybe where he's taking this nation. everyone will be watching closely.