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Seoul bureau avoids false reports of North Korean purge

Skepticism in the Seoul bureau about a South Korean newspaper’s report of a major purge in North Korea saved AP from the embarrassment suffered by some other media as North Korean state media began showing images of the supposedly purged officials with leader Kim Jong Un. Seoul Chief of Bureau Foster Klug and reporter Kim Tong-hyung recognized the danger signs, producing a story that acknowledged the report while also sounding a note of caution. Several South Korean media outlets noted how AP emphasized the suspect nature of the initial report.

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