October 23, 2015 09:36
North Korean officials upset South Korean reporters by thoroughly checking their laptops as they covered reunions of families separated by the Korean War on Tuesday through Thursday.
At the customs checkpoint en route to Mt. Kumgang, North Korean officials went through every document, photo and video in the laptops of the 29 reporters who traveled with the South Korean contingent.
The process took two-and-a-half hours and no amount of protest from the reporters could speed it up.
Some 50 Unification Ministry officials traveling with the group did not complain even though this was the first time it had happened since the reunions started in 2002.
The ministry merely suggested that reporters traveling to the second round on Saturday through Monday carry blank laptops to be provided by Hyundai Asan.
A government official here admitted it is "a problem" that ministry officials bent over backwards to accommodate the North's whims instead of protesting at what many saw as chicanery.
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