At a time when the U.S. government is advising its citizens to “write down their will and make funeral and property arrangements with their family and friends” if they wish to visit North Korea, NBC’s news anchor, Lester Holt, is providing a starkly different narrative of the hermit kingdom.
Holt was broadcasting a segment from a ski resort that will host winter Olympics athletes in February.
Holt said his team flew to the reclusive state from Beijing, China, on North Korea’s state airline. The security check at the airport was so tight that they even checked the novels people brought along to read, and even one crew member’s toothbrush, the anchor claimed.
However, the overall experience, Holt shared, was pleasant.
In a clip broadcast from North Korea, the NBC reporter states, "We have been treated with respect here.” It aired on Jan. 22.
Holt also said that snowy ski resort is "certainly a part [North Korea] would like us to see."
With the ice finally breaking between North and South Korea, athletes from both the countries will be training for the upcoming games.
However, diplomatic relations between the U.S. and North Korea have remained more or less strained owing to the war of words between the leaders of the two countries.
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un have both called each other names and boasted about the size of their nuclear buttons.
After the mysterious death of an American student, who was arrested in North Korea, the hermit kingdom was subjected to various travel restrictions.
North Korea is also known as one of the strictest countries in terms of media and press censorship. It only allows the press to praise the country, government and its leaders.
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