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Monday, 23 October, 2000, 18:33 GMT 19:33 UK
In pictures: Mrs Albright's visit
North Korea is taking the first steps towards a new era after five decades of hostility, with a visit by US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Kim Jong-il and Mrs Albright
A smiling Kim Jong-il said he was "really happy" to meet a US official for the first time

Kim Jong-il and Mrs Albright
But the two looked tense during the official photocall

Mrs Albright is welcomed by children
Mrs Albright delighted children by joining in their dance at a welcome ceremony

Tour of the capital
The US guest was taken along largely deserted streets on a tour of the capital

Sailor's dance routine
Sailors performed a dance routine with flags for the North Korean leader and Mrs Albright at a stadium in Pyongyang

Thousands of dancers
Thousands of dancers celebrated the US secretary of state's visit

Mrs Albright makes a televised address
Across the border in South Korea broadcasters broke into their schedules to show live pictures of Mrs Albright's historic visi







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