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North Korea confirms Pyongyang apartment building collapse, hundreds feared dead

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Pyonyang apartment building collapseNorth Korean officials admitted Sunday that an apartment building in its showy capital, Pyongyang, collapsed last Tuesday.

In a rare display of openness, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said the incident occurred in Pyongyang's Phyongchon district.

The news agency said the accident "claimed casualties." It also pinned the collapse on shoddy construction, noting that "officials supervised and controlled it in an irresponsible manner."

Though its unclear how many people died, a South Korean official told the Yonhap news service that more than 90 families lived in the 23-story building.

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