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June 30 2011

04:21

First, but at what costs? - North Korea: Associated Press will open news bureau in Pyongyang

Associated Press :: AP today announced agreements with the Korea Central News Agency, or KCNA, including one to open a news bureau in Pyongyang. Leaders of the two news organizations held discussions during a New York visit by KCNA executives and this week signed two memos of understanding and a contract. The new office would be the first permanent text and photo bureau operated by a Western news organization in the North Korean capital. (But honestly what is it worth to be the first?) Five years ago, AP Television News, headquartered in London, became the first Western news organization to establish an office in North Korea.

[Kim Pyong Ho, president of KCNA:] I hope this agreement contributes not only to the strengthening of relations between our two news agencies but also to the better understanding between the peoples of our two countries and the improvement of the DPRK-U.S. relations.

How does the Associated Press guarantee unbiased news from an official North Korean news organization?

Continue to read AP press release, www.ap.org

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