As tourists we were taken to see working farms, schools and study centres. We bought sweets for the children in carefully orchestrated meetings. We saw children play in bands and we were invited to dance with them. I have no idea what they thought of the foreigners who they treated like royalty but we did have a good time.
One thing you have to do in North Korea is show your deference to the great leader.
I might not risk it now but at the time a summer holiday in North Korea seemed a good idea.