WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – The image is a stunning reminder of the costs the North Koreans have paid under decades of communist dictatorship.

It’s a picture of the Korean peninsula at night taken from the International Space Station.

Lights blare from South Korea, evidence of the thriving 21sts Century economy enjoyed by its citizens.

But north of the DMZ, the “no-man’s land” of fences, guards and mines established at the end of the Korean War, is a dark patch revealing a population that mostly does without a modern necessity.

North Korea is mostly invisible.

Kim Jong-Un and his father Kim Jong-Il have kept North Korea isolated from the rest of the world and earned their nation a reputation as a rogue state.

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