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North Korea on Friday kicked off its first beer festival, in line with leader Kim Jong Un’s promise to improve living standards and build a “highly civilized nation” despite being under international sanctions for its pursuit of nuclear arms.

The festival featuring Taedonggang beer, one of the most popular brands in North Korea, will run through early September on a restaurant boat floating on the Taedong, a major river that runs through the heart of Pyongyang and for which the beer was named, and in areas nearby.

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