Taylor Pemberton has just spent four days in North Korea, the secretive military state said to be preparing for war with its neighbour South Korea. The 26-year-old from Minneapolis in the US flew into Pyongyang from Beijing in China.
And he documented his trip with a series of fascinating photographs which he later posted on Instagram. He was constantly monitored but, away from the parades and flags, managed to capture images of everyday life.
On arrival tourists must declare any communication devices, any art or literature or even food. "My cameras, memory cards, and phones were screened on entry," he told Newsbeat "You are told when to wake up, when meals are available, and when your day is coming to an end," Taylor explained.
"You're also strictly informed when it's OK/not OK to take photos. "Each night you're granted 'leisure time' but you're limited to roaming inside your hotel that's strategically placed on an island."
There is no internet in North Korea and Taylor told Newsbeat that locals he talked to simply weren't aware of the concept. Tourist guides who interact with foreigners "know a few details but are basically unaware of the magnitude the internet brings to popular culture," Taylor explained. The country only has an "intranet" of resources provided by the government.
Favourite artists of the solitary fan - who is watching the channel with increasing regularity - include pop sensation Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, according to chiefs. They also reportedly love watching presenter Nick Grimshaw interviewing Harry Potter star Emma Watson.
Sources are convinced that the lone viewer is the tubby tyrant himself – because North Koreans are banned from receiving foreign media by the barmy dictator. One source said: "The viewer can only be dictator Kim Jong-un."
The loony leader is known to be an avid fan of Western pop culture and has a particular love for Jackie Chan films. Kim has previously been caught with a smartphone, prompting speculation he was using a product made by arch nemesis South Korea.
The phone was spotted in a photo of the dictator while he was chairing a meeting - prompting South Korea to draft in experts to figure out whether he was using a Samsung. A Seoul government official said at the time: "Kim and his family members as well as the North's political elite appear to use smartphones or other mobile phones capable of accessing the internet."
A huge military parade is taking place in North Korea on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers' Party. Supreme leader Kim Jong-un attended the ceremony in Pyongyang's main Kim Il Sung Square, telling the gathered troops his country was ready to fight "any kind of war waged by the US". The ceremony included troops marching in formation and a flypast.
North Korea is ready to fight "any kind of war waged by the US", leader Kim Jong Un said in a speech during celebrations to mark 70 years of the ruling Workers' Party. Addressing troops gathered in Pyongyang's main Kim Il Sung Square, he said: "The party's revolutionary armament means we are ready to fight any kind of war waged by the U.S. imperialists." A senior Chinese Communist Party official was present at the event as an envoy of President Xi Jinping.
North Korea said the issue of "comfort women" is not exclusive to South Korea, and Pyongyang must be included in the talks between Seoul and Tokyo in order for all parties to arrive at a satisfactory resolution to what has proven to be a sensitive matter for the countries involved.
Speaking to Pyongyang's state media outlet KCNA, a spokesperson for North Korea's Foreign Ministry said on Friday that the leaders of Japan and South Korea had met and agreed to speed up ways of finding a solution to the issue of Korean "comfort women," who were forced to serve in Japanese military brothels during wartime.
"Organized sexual slavery under Japanese colonial rule, and during World War II, is one of many sins that Japan must make penance for, a heinous human rights violation that infringed upon the dignity and virtue of women," North Korea said, according to South Korean newspaper Herald Business.
North Korea said the "repulsive crime" should not be a problem that can be so hastily addressed. "Victims of Japanese sexual slavery are not only in the South, they are also in the North, and if the problem is not resolved for [North and South], the problem ultimately cannot be resolved at all," Pyongyang said in statement, adding that Japan must provide reparations for all other crimes against humanity during its colonization of Korea.
Japan's prime minister must heal the wounds over "comfort women", most of whom were Korean and forced into prostitution in Japan's military brothels before and during World War Two, South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Friday.
The neighbors have struggled to find common ground over Japan's 1910-1945 colonization of Korea, particularly the issue of "comfort women", as they are euphemistically known, with the issue long an obstacle to better ties between the U.S. allies.
"As the Japanese prime minister and I agreed to expedite consultations for the early resolution of the issue ... I believe now is high time to make a decision to attend to the wounds from the past and heal them," Park said on Friday in an email interview with news agencies, including Reuters. "Dragging on without acknowledging the problem goes against the sentiment commonly shared by all peoples around the world," she said.