Beijing Bureau Chief of @LATimes: The departures board at Pyongyang airport just went dark. Been waiting here 8 hours. No word about what’s going on

UPDATE: Jonathan Kaiman? @JRKaiman Boarding now, 9 hours after ETD. Still no explanation


UPDATE, 19:00 p.m. Seoul time: Visitors are boarding now, almost 12 hours later, NK News team in Pyongyang said.

UPDATE, 17:54 p.m. Seoul time: Russian Embassy in Pyongyang released the statement around 17:00 p.m. Pyongyang time, saying their citizens are stranded at the same airport, with no official explanation provided from the DPRK side.

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UPDATE, 16:43 p.m. Seoul time: as of 16:00 p.m. Pyongyang time, there was still no sign of departure, NK News team in Pyongyang said. 

NK News and other journalists are currently stuck in Pyongyang International Airport with no end in sight.

North Korea’s Air Koryo JS151, the flight the visiting press delegation were supposed to take, was originally scheduled to depart from Pyongyang to Beijing at 08:30 a.m. Monday.

However, passengers are currently being told to stay in the airport.

“This delay is not being explained at all, with no end in sight,” said NK News managing director Chad O’Carroll, who is currently stuck in Pyongyang International Airport with foreign journalists from CBC, CBS, LA Times, Russia 24, and others.

“DPRK airspace may be closed,” he added.

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