A few days after North Korea test-fired its ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan in a clear show of military prowess, CNN’s Will Ripley, currently present in the hermit kingdom, was reporting on the latest developments in the nation’s nuclear program.
When asked about the output from Kim Jong-un’s latest launch, Ripley explained, “People were celebrating on the night the propaganda broadcast…the video showing the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, standing by this mobile missile launcher, ordering the missile launch itself.”
He also mentioned that North Korean officials informed him the missile was under development for the past six months.
However, just as Ripley started saying something about North Korea not being able to feed its people adequately, his report was suddenly cut off.
“This is a country, Erin, that continues to struggle with generating electricity, adequately feeding much of its population,” he was able to tell “Out Front” host Erin Burnett.
The Pyongyang-based reporter took the matter to Twitter, expressing dismay over the host country cutting off his report.
Serious issues with our live signal here in #NorthKorea. Seems they are having better luck w/ missile development than internet connectivity— Will Ripley (@willripleyCNN) February 15, 2017
People were concerned for his safety, as evident from the responses to his message, and sighed with relief upon reading his tweet.
@willripleyCNN ok I was a little worried for a second when the signal went out until I read this. Stay safe.— Andrew Bernal (@AndrewBernal87) February 15, 2017
@willripleyCNN watch your words while you're up there, Will.— James GaticaMatheson (@JamesGMatheson) February 15, 2017
@willripleyCNN Yikes! Be safe!— Marnie P. (@Marnie1971) February 15, 2017
@willripleyCNN they only spend on missiles. Bad internet connection seems intentional.— minukim (@minukim2013) February 15, 2017
Following reports of Kim Jong-un’s missile launching, which caused international crisis, the supreme leader’s brother, Kim Jong-nam, was assassinated in Malaysia.
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