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Chad O'Carroll has written on North Korea since 2010 and writes between London and Seoul.
Kim Jong Il's Mount Paektu "birthplace" and surrounding areas appear to be undamaged, despite October 2014 reports in the South Korean media which said a "raging wildfire" had burned the tourist spot down.
Recent photos of the site – which holds particular reverence in North Korea due to propaganda history about Kim Jong Il's early life there – show no sign of damage to the structure or nearby forest, even when compared to pictures taken before the alleged wildfire.