On February 17, 2014, a U.N. panel warned North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that he may be held accountable for orchestrating widespread crimes against civilians, ranging from systematic executions to torture, rape, mass starvation and state-sponsored abductions. The Associated Press is uniquely positioned to tell this story, through the words and images of its journalists based in Pyongyang, as AP in 2013 become the first news organization to open a bureau there. North Korea’s wrongs "shock the conscience of humanity," says Michael Kirby, Chairman, U.N. Commission of Inquiry, comparing them with Nazi atrocities. Looking beyond the propaganda and the government’s actions, AP offers a rare glimpse of everyday life for those living in today’s North Korea.
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Eric Talmadge joined The Associated Press in Tokyo after moving to Japan to attend university as a teenager and has for nearly three decades covered news events in Asia and beyond, including assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan, four Olympic Games and the 2011 tsunami and nuclear accident at Fukushima. Dividing his time between Tokyo and Pyongyang, Talmadge has been AP’s North Korea bureau chief since late 2013. Throughout most of his tenure in North Korea, where he has been allowed to travel extensively, he has been the only American journalist allowed to regularly work in the country.
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