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Reuters Expands Relationship With Official North Korean News Agency

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On the heels of the Associated Press' plan to open a bureau in Pyongyang, Reuters has announced an "expansion of its relationship with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's Central News Agency (KCNA)."

According to the official press release from Reuters:

The new agreement will provide Reuters access to news video from North Korea via satellite for timely distribution to broadcasters and publishers around the world. The Reuters News Agency will be the first international news organization to have a full time satellite dish in North Korea, delivering clean news video content in addition to the text and pictures covered by a previous agreement - a significant benefit to broadcasters across the globe.

"We know the world's broadcasters are seeking more news from North Korea, and this agreement will ensure our clients have a regular supply of up to the minute video stories from Pyongyang and across the country," said Chris Ahearn, president of Reuters Media.

The agreement "covers both breaking and feature news video," but, if you've ever taken a look at KCNA's "news" -- both in the "breaking" and "feature" categories -- the material Reuters will be permitted to access might not provide the "exclusive peek behind the curtain" the world's broadcasters are looking for.

BREAKING: North Korea commemorates Kim Il Sung

BREAKING: Concert Given to Remember President Kim Il Sung

BREAKING: Synchronized Swimming for Kim Jong Ils Birthday

BREAKING: Martyrs Buried in Patriotic Martyrs Cemetery in North Korea

BREAKING: New Fish Breeding Center Appears

BREAKING: Kim Jong Il Enjoys Art Performance

The features promise to be edge-of-the-seat pieces, as well.

FEATURE: Kim Jong Il: "Socialism is a Science"

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