AP Reporters Given Rare Permit to Travel in N.Korea

      October 24, 2014 10:48

      The AP's Pyongyang bureau chief and photographer spent a week in June traveling from the North Korean capital to Mt. Baekdu on the border with China after being given rare permission by the authorities.

      Farmers walk in a rainstorm with their cattle near Hyesan in Ryanggang Province, North Korea on June 16. /AP-Newsis

      But Eric Talmadge and David Guttenfelder were banned from speaking to any North Koreans they met along the way and told not to stray from the designated route.

      Schoolchildren help to fix potholes in a rural road in North Hamgyong Province, North Korea on June 20. /AP-Newsis

      Talmadge said the regime seems to have granted permission to travel in order to promote tourism to Mt. Baekdu.

      "We drove 2,150 km in a country that has barely 25,000 km of road, and only 724 km of those paved," he said.

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