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“We invited you and we are obliged to guarantee free coverage,” Kim Yong-chol was quoted in the reporters’ dispatches from Pyongyang as saying. “On behalf of the North’s authorities, I offer an apology and ask for your understanding for the wrong committed.” It is extremely rare for North Korea to offer such a public apology to the South, or, for that matter, to apologize for anything. The rare gesture from a senior official reflected the North’s efforts to work toward a political détente on the Korean Peninsula that Kim Jong-un helped start in February by sending a delegation to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Still, the apology was all the more striking not only because the totalitarian state does not have a free press but also because it came from Kim Yong-chol, an army general considered hard-line even by North Korean standards. He is widely believed in the South to have masterminded the sinking of a South Korean Navy ship in 2010 , when he served as director of the North’s main spy agency. South Korea says a North Korean torpedo attack sank the ship, killing 46 sailors, but the North denies it. Kim Yong-chol, a vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party, in Seoul, South Korea, in February. He visited the South Korean reporters’ hotel on Monday to apologize.CreditAhn Young-Joon/Associated Press On Sunday evening, several South Korean pool reporters were barred by their North Korean minders from entering the concert hall. The South Korean government later lodged a protest.
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In early August, the Russian embassy in Pyongyang announced that North Koreans and citizens from 17 other countries can now visit Russia’s Far East area using a free electronic visa , with tests for the registration of e-visas having been available on the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs since August 1. The DPRK’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) also reported on May 17 that North Korea had begun operation of a ferry route between the country’s Rason port and Vladivostok . KCNA reported that the “Rajin-Vladivostok international tourist liner Mangyongbong would be operated by common efforts.” A new travel agency specializing in tours to North Korea was officially launched on Thursday, at a news conference held in Moscow. The President of Russia’s Travel Agencies Union Sergey Golov and Kim Sung Hoon from the North Korean embassy in Russia attended the announcement of the launch of NKOREAN. “I hope that the NKOREAN company Join the influential community of members who rely on NK News original news and in-depth reporting. Subscribe to read the remaining 577 words of this article. Get North Korea headlines delivered to your inbox daily Subscribe to the NK News 'Daily Update' and get links to must-read stories each morning Dagyum Ji is a senior NK News correspondent based in Seoul. She previously worked for Reuters TV. New North Korea tour agency launches in Moscow Head of Russia’s Travel Agencies Union tells press conference there is "great interest" A new travel agency specializing in tours to North Korea was officially launched on Thursday, at a news conference held in Moscow. The President of Russia’s Travel Agencies Union Sergey Golov and Kim Sung Hoon from the North Korean embassy in Russia attended the announcement of the launch of NKOREAN. “I hope that the NKOREAN company will make a breakthrough,” Golov said at the news conference.
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