North Korean General Issues Rare Apology for Limiting Media Access

North Korean General Issues Rare Apology for Limiting Media Access Photo South Korean musicians performing in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sunday. Some reporters from the South were barred from entering. Credit Korean Central News Agency, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean reporters visiting North Korea’s capital to cover a K-pop performance there received a surprise on Monday: an unusually graceful apology from a senior North Korean official.
The official, Kim Yong-chol, a vice chairman of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, visited the reporters’ hotel and apologized for their having been denied entry to a theater in Pyongyang, the capital, where the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, watched South Korean musicians perform Sunday evening.
“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 ..