Over the past decade, ABC News has traveled to the reclusive nation of North Korea just shy of a dozen times. Over the years, more and more fellow journalists have been “invited” by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea -- the DPRK, for short, as the North officially refers to itself – mostly to cover events that the government has deemed worthy of international coverage.
It is a tenuous line for the press corps. On the one hand, because of North Korea's reclusiveness, news organizations scramble to accept or apply to get in. On the other hand, there is a wariness about our part in carefully orchestrated events designed to promote the leadership's “juche” (roughly translated as “self reliance”) and “songgun” (“military first”) philosophies. Those dual ideologies define a government – led by the young Kim Jong Un – at odds with the international community. We decided that, on balance, it was worth going and threading the journalistic needle.
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