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ALI MOORE, PRESENTER: The ABC has obtained some of the most revealing footage to be smuggled out of
the secretive and impoverished North Korean state.

It shows homeless children begging for food and a military also struggling to feed its soldiers.

The vision also appears to show people being forced to build a railway line for Kim Jong Il's third
son and presumed heir, Kim Jong Un.

Risking his life, a North Korean reporter shot the footage using a hidden camera and then smuggled
it out of the hermit kingdom.

North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy reports.

MARK WILLACY, REPORTER: They appear malnourished, their faces coated with filth. Of the millions
who suffer from the corruption and violent repression of North Korea's dynastic regime, few suffer
more than the children.

These young beggars are orphans, their parents victims of hunger or the Gulag. "I am eight," this
boy says. My father died and my mother left me. "I sleep outdoors," he says.

MARK WILLACY: In this vision, secretly shot just a couple of months ago, it's clear that food is
available, but most of it is funnelled to the military.

Everyone must contribute. Here, stallholders in a private market in Pyongyang are being ordered to
donate bags of rice to the Army.

"My business is not good," complains this merchant.

"Shut up," replies the military administrator, "Don't offer excuses."

The Army, once quarantined from the apocalyptic famines which killed hundreds of thousands, now
appears to be going hungry too.

MALE VOICE-OVER: Everybody is weak. Within my troupe of 100 soldiers, half of them are
malnourished.

MARK WILLACY: All of this footage was shot by a North Korean journalist using a hidden camera. It
was then smuggled out of the secretive state and given to Jiro Ishimaru, an activist who trains
North Koreans in undercover reporting techniques.

It's journalism that carries the death penalty.

JIRO ISHIMARU, RIMJINGANG ASIA PRESS (voiceover translation): This footage is important because it
shows that Kim Jong Il's regime is growing weak. It used to put the military first, but now it
can't even supply food to its soldiers. They are starving.

MARK WILLACY: This footage reinforces the fear that millions of North Koreans are wasting away from
malnutrition, with many facing starvation.

But it also reveals that Kim Jong Un, the well-fed son of Kim Jong Il and the dictator's presumed
heir, is beginning to impose his will on his impoverished people.

This is footage of workers forced to build a railway line for the personal use of the man they call
the "Young General", their future leader, Kim Jong Un.

"This is a present from Kim Jong Il to comrade Kim Jong Un," says the railway supervisor. With his
identity disguised, the man who risked his life to shoot this extraordinary footage explains why he
did it.

KIM DONG CHOL, UNDERCOVER JOURNALIST (voiceover translation): Only an elected person should govern
the country. The life of North Koreans has hit rock bottom. I feel very angry about the succession
to Kim Jong Un.

JIRO ISHIMARU (voiceover translation): The main priority for Kim Jong Il is a smooth transfer of
power, but Kim Jong Un is still very young, just 27 or 28. He has no experience and has achieved
nothing. So opposition to this third generation of the Kim family taking over is growing.

MARK WILLACY: This footage appears to show the North Korean Army facing severe food shortages. For
a regime that relies on the military for its very survival, this could prove disastrous.

Mark Willacy, Lateline.