U.S. runners make strides in North Korea

April 15, 2015 7:40 PM

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BEIJING — As many as 100 U.S. citizens defied a State Department travel warning and visited North Korea this month to compete in a marathon that celebrated the birthday of the isolated regime's founder, Kim Il Sung.

The Americans left the capital of Pyongyang this week, praising the experience and the value of engaging with North Koreans, who live under a totalitarian system ruled for seven decades by Kim, his son and grandson.

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