AFP to Open Bureau in Pyongyang

Agence France-Presse will become the latest wire service to set up a branch in reclusive North Korea, media reports said last week.

Le Point weekly on June 10 said AFP will set up the bureau in Pyongyang by the end of this year. Discussions were held in April, when an AFP delegation led by global news director Philippe Massonnet visited Pyongyang.

The first wire agency to set up a Pyongyang bureau was the Associated Press in January 2012.

Japan’s Kyodo News has had an office there since 2006, and Reuters of the U.K. is in negotiations to follow suit.

The North is apparently trying to appear more open to the outside world by allowing these press bureaus.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jun. 16, 2014 12:11 KST