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A BBC correspondent and his team have been expelled from North Korea after authorities detained him for filing what they called “disrespectful” reports from inside the country.

BBC reporter Rupert Wingfield-Hayes arrived Monday evening in Beijing on a flight from Pyongyang, according to a tweet from the BBC’s Asia bureau chief, Jo Floto.

His BBC colleagues, producer Maria Byrne and cameraman Matthew Goddard, also were on the plane, the British broadcaster said.

North Korean officials detained Wingfield-Hayes, th