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North Korea has signed a new deal with the British Council to expand a long-running project that brings foreign specialists to Pyongyang to train more North Korean instructors to teach English. (June 25)

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Pyongyang, North Korea - June 15, 2014

1. Wide of Pyongyang street view with portraits of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in background

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Pyongyang, North Korea - June 21, 2014

2. Various of people walking in streets

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Pyongyang, North Korea - 25 June 2014

3. Wide of signing ceremony between British Council and North Korea's Commission of Education

4. Close of British Ambassador to North Korea, Mike Gifford, signing agreement

5. Mid of officials during group photo

6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mike Gifford, British Ambassador, Pyongyang: (see transcript below)

"We support this programme because it enables people-to-people contact, academic exchange and increased understanding between the UK and North Korea."

7.Pan of group photo

8. Mid of officials

VOICEOVER:

A SIGNIFICANT AGREEMENT WEDNESDAY FOR A COUNTRY WITH FEW TIES TO THE REST OF THE WORLD.

More NORTH KOREAN INSTRUCTORS WILL BE TRAINED TO TEACH ENGLISH.

BRITISH OFFICIALS SIGNED THE DEAL IN NORTH KOREA'S CAPITAL.

THE AGREEMENT EXPANDS A PROJECT WITH THE BRITISH COUNCIL... BRINGING FOREIGN SPECIALISTS TO WORK WITH NORTH KOREAN TEACHERS.

THE BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO NORTH KOREA PRAISED THE DEAL.

SOUNDBITE: (English) Mike Gifford, British Ambassador, Pyongyang:

"We support this programme because it enables people-to-people contact, academic exchange and increased understanding between the UK and North Korea."

THE PROGRAM WAS EXTENDED FOR THREE YEARS AND WILL COVER TEN NORTH KOREAN UNIVERSITIES AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS.

PADMANANDA RAMA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.

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