The Associated Press has opened a news bureau in Pyongyang, North Korea - a first for a Western news organisation. The bureau will feature a photo department managed by chief photographer David Guttenfelder.

The bureau’s opening comes six years after Associated Press Television News established its own officer in North Korea six years ago. Now, AP will be able to offer coverage from the country in all formats, it says in a statement sent to BJP this morning.

"After fruitful discussions with the Korea Central News Agency over a number of months, AP is thrilled by this historic opportunity to provide coverage from North Korea for our global audience," AP president and CEO Tom Curley says in the statement. (+)