AFP announces new bureau in NKorea


PARIS: Agence France-Presse (AFP) announced Tuesday it will open a bureau in Pyongyang, becoming only the second global news agency to establish a permanent presence in the North Korean capital. The newswire signed an agreement with the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Paris, which will allow AFP to open an office in the nation where few foreign news organizations maintain full-time operations. Its Pyongyang bureau, which will produce photo, video and also text news, will be operational by the middle of 2016. AFP will join only a handful of foreign media organizations that have offices in the North Korean capital, including the Associated Press, Kyodo news agency of Japan and Beijing’s Xinhua agency.


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