As nations across the globe fired off rockets to celebrate the ushering in of a new year, North Korea went one step further to display not only a bombastic firework display but also macabre ice sculptures of deadly weapons.
The ice sculptures depict the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) which was completed in 2017 by the rogue state in a series of controversial and dangerous missile tests.
In one ghastly image, children pose for a photo in front of an ice sculpture depicting an ICBM self-propelled launcher with the North Korean flag waving behind it.
Another image shows children and adults smiling in front of ICBMs while some take photographs on their phones.
And another photo shows a group of men in front of an ICBM with lighting at the bottom to simulate a launch.
The sculptures were part of the New Year celebrations at the Pyongyang Ice Sculpture Festival on Kim Il Sung Square.
Pyongyang is the capital of North Korea but it is also a place where the elite lives in relative luxury, compared to the rest of the country.
Despite this, the photographs of the men show sunken cheeks and prominent cheekbones – a sign of malnourishment.
North Korean men are on average between 1.2 – 3.1 inches shorter than their Southern neighbours due to food shortages.
When on tourist trips, foreigners are given a guided tours of Pyongyang to show its alleged prosperity.
But outside the capital, most of the population live in undeveloped conditions in which only three per cent of the country’s roads are paved, compared to 92 per cent in South Korea.
The hermit kingdom is also subject to punitive sanctions from the United Nations to limit its access to vital resources in an attempt to bring them to the negotiating table.