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AP opens full news bureau in North Korea


PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- The Associated Press has opened its newest bureau in the North Korean capital.

AP President and CEO Tom Curley led a delegation to Pyongyang for Monday's opening, which comes less than a month after the death of longtime ruler Kim Jong Il.

AP becomes the first international news organization with a full-time presence to cover news from North Korea in words, pictures and video. The new bureau builds on the historic breakthrough in 2006 when AP opened a video bureau in Pyongyang.

The office will be staffed by two North Koreans and run by Bureau Chief Jean Lee and Chief Asia Photographer David Guttenfelder, who will make frequent trips to Pyongyang to manage the bureau's affairs and conduct their own reporting.

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