North Korea opens up to Western media
Correspondent Wouter Zwart of Dutch public broadcaster NOS has reported via a satellite link from reclusive North Korea. Mr Zwart, his cameraman and some other foreign correspondents applied for visa at the Stalinist state's China embassy, and was allowed into the country shortly afterwards. His report was aired on Dutch TV on Saturday evening.
It is not clear why the North Koreans appear to be opening up to Western media. NOS reports from Pyongyang that a military parade was held to celebrate 65 years of communist rule which was observed by the current head of state Kim Jong-il and his son and likely successor Kim Jong-un.
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