On Eve Of Winter Olympics, A Rare Look Inside North Korea | TODAY

On Eve Of Winter Olympics, A Rare Look Inside North Korea | TODAY


KOREA TO FIND OUT.
HE JOINS US NOW FROM HE JOINS US NOW FROM
PYEONGCHANG. PYEONGCHANG.
KEIR, GOOD MORNING. KEIR, GOOD MORNING.
>>Reporter: GOOD MORNING.>>Reporter: GOOD MORNING. TOMORROW, NORTH KOREA WILL HOLD
A MILITARY PARADE, A DAY AHEADD A MILITARY PARADE, A DAY AHEAD
OF THE OPENING CEREMONY HERE, OF THE OPENING CEREMONY HERE, WHERE SOUTH KOREAN ATHLETES WILL WHERE SOUTH KOREAN ATHLETES WILL COMPETE ALONGSIDE NORTH KOREANS. COMPETE ALONGSIDE NORTH KOREANS. THE AMERICANS ACCUSING NORTH THE AMERICANS ACCUSING NORTH KOREA OF USING THE OLYMPICS FOR
PROPAGANDA.ING THE OLYMPICS FOR PROPAGANDA. WE SPENT A WEEK INSIDE NORTH WE SPENT A WEEK INSIDE NORTH KOREA AND GAINED RARE ACCESS TO KOREA AND GAINED RARE ACCESS TO THE PEOPLE THERE. THE PEOPLE THERE. THE FLIGHT INTO NORTH KOREA THE FLIGHT INTO NORTH KOREA CROSSES MOUNTAINOUS TRAIN,
SOUTHEAST TO THE CAPITAL., SOUTHEAST TO THE CAPITAL.
WE DROVE AT DUSK FROM THE WE DROVE AT DUSK FROM THE
AIRPORT. AIRPORT. FIRST IMPRESSIONS, CLEAN. FIRST IMPRESSIONS, CLEAN. ORGANIZED AND A LOT OF PEOPLE IN
UNIFORM.D AND A LOT OF PEOPLE IN UNIFORM. A TOUR OF WEAPONS CAPTURED FROM
AMERICAN FORCES IN THE KOREANOM AMERICAN FORCES IN THE KOREAN
WAR COUNTS AS A SCHOOL OUTING WAR COUNTS AS A SCHOOL OUTING
HERE. HERE. WHAT ARE YOU LEARNING HERE? WHAT ARE YOU LEARNING HERE? WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT THE GREAT
FIGHTING SPIRIT OF OUR WARGREAT FIGHTING SPIRIT OF OUR WAR
HEROES, THIS CHILD TELLS ME. HEROES, THIS CHILD TELLS ME.
AMERICA GAVE UNFATHOMABLE PAIN AMERICA GAVE UNFATHOMABLE PAIN
TO OUR PEOPLE, HE SAYS. TO OUR PEOPLE, HE SAYS.
HERE, AN AMUSEMENT PARK IN THE HERE, AN AMUSEMENT PARK IN THE
CAPITAL. CAPITAL. BUMPER CARS. BUMPER CARS. THEYRE RUTHLESS THESE GUYS. THEYRE RUTHLESS THESE GUYS. AND CELL PHONE CAMERAS, THOUGH AND CELL PHONE CAMERAS, THOUGH NOT CONNECTED TO THE WORLDWIDE
WEB, THEYRE SMALL SIGNS OF ADE WEB, THEYRE SMALL SIGNS OF A
GROWING ECONOMY. GROWING ECONOMY.
THE AVERAGE INCOME AROUND $1,000 THE AVERAGE INCOME AROUND $1,000
TO $2,000 A YEAR. TO $2,000 A YEAR.
BUT EVERYONE WE MET WAS QUICK TO BUT EVERYONE WE MET WAS QUICK TO
THANK ONE PERSON FOR EVERYTHING. THANK ONE PERSON FOR EVERYTHING.
THE COUNTRYS SUPREME LEADER. THE COUNTRYS SUPREME LEADER.
YOU THANK KIM JONG-UN FOR THIS YOU THANK KIM JONG-UN FOR THIS
IFTHIS? IFTHIS?
AT A BEER HOLE, THE USUAL BAR AT A BEER HOLE, THE USUAL BAR
CHAT, LOCAL BREW AND SNACKS. CHAT, LOCAL BREW AND SNACKS.
SMOKY, VINEGARY, CHEWY. SMOKY, VINEGARY, CHEWY.
YOU NEED BEER WITH IT. YOU NEED BEER WITH IT.
THE CONVERSATION BECOMES MORE THE CONVERSATION BECOMES MORE
ANIMATED AS BAR TALK OFTEN DOES. ANIMATED AS BAR TALK OFTEN DOES.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF AMERICA? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF AMERICA?
WE ARE READY TO FIGHT, THIS MAN WE ARE READY TO FIGHT, THIS MAN
SAYS, UNTIL OUR LAST DROP OF SAYS, UNTIL OUR LAST DROP OF
BLOOD. BLOOD. BUT ANOTHER SAYS, TRUTHFULLY, WE BUT ANOTHER SAYS, TRUTHFULLY, WE DONT WANT TO BECOME AMERICAS
ENEMY.ANT TO BECOME AMERICAS ENEMY. AS FATHERS, WE ALL WANT PEACE. AS FATHERS, WE ALL WANT PEACE. IN THIS TIGHTLY CONTROLLED
COUNTRY, YOU CAN NEVER BE SURE COUNTRY, YOU CAN NEVER BE SURE
WHAT PEOPLE ARE TRULY THINKING. WHAT PEOPLE ARE TRULY THINKING.
THEY ARE CONSTANTLY ACCOMPANIED THEY ARE CONSTANTLY ACCOMPANIED
BY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, BY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS,
LISTENING IN AND TRANSLATING. LISTENING IN AND TRANSLATING.
INEVITABLY, WE WERENT SHOWN INEVITABLY, WE WERENT SHOWN
EVIDENCE OF WHAT AMNESTY EVIDENCE OF WHAT AMNESTY
INTERNATIONAL CALLS VIOLATIONS INTERNATIONAL CALLS VIOLATIONS
OF MOST ASPECTS OF HUMAN RIGHTS. OF MOST ASPECTS OF HUMAN RIGHTS.
THIS, THE COUNTRY WHERE OTTO THIS, THE COUNTRY WHERE OTTO
WARMBIER WAS SENTENCED FOR 15 WARMBIER WAS SENTENCED FOR 15
YEARS FOR THE THEFT OF A POSTER. YEARS FOR THE THEFT OF A POSTER.
THE STUDENT MYSTERIOUSLY FELL THE STUDENT MYSTERIOUSLY FELL
INTO A COMA AND NEVER REGAINED INTO A COMA AND NEVER REGAINED
CONSCIOUSNESS. CONSCIOUSNESS. ON FRIDAY, OTTO WARMBIERS DAD
WILL ATTEND THE OLYMPIC OPENING WILL ATTEND THE OLYMPIC OPENING
CEREMONY AS A GUEST OF VICE CEREMONY AS A GUEST OF VICE
PRESIDENT PENCE. PRESIDENT PENCE.
THE DIPLOMATIC TENSION, SPILLING THE DIPLOMATIC TENSION, SPILLING
OVER IN THE SPORTS ARENA. OVER IN THE SPORTS ARENA.
AMONG THOSE WHO QUALIFIED, TWO AMONG THOSE WHO QUALIFIED, TWO
NORTH KOREAN SKATERS. NORTH KOREAN SKATERS.
THEIR OLYMPIC DREAMS HAVE THEIR OLYMPIC DREAMS HAVE
FLOURISHED HERE, UNDER THE FLOURISHED HERE, UNDER THE
WATCHFUL EYE OF THE LEADERS. WATCHFUL EYE OF THE LEADERS.
WHEN YOURE FROM NORTH KOREA, WHEN YOURE FROM NORTH KOREA,
THE PRESSURE IS AT ANOTHER THE PRESSURE IS AT ANOTHER
LEVEL. LEVEL. WE MEET THEIR MENTOR, THIS
74-YEAR-OLD SPEED SKATINGS 74-YEAR-OLD SPEED SKATING
CHAMPION. CHAMPION. SHE WAS THE FIRST KOREAN TO
MEDAL AT A WINTER OLYMPICS BACK MEDAL AT A WINTER OLYMPICS BACK
IN 1964. IN 1964.
SHE HAS DREAMT OF NORTH AND SHE HAS DREAMT OF NORTH AND
SOUTH COMPETING AS WON. SOUTH COMPETING AS WON.
HER BROTHER, SHE EXPLAINS, LIVED HER BROTHER, SHE EXPLAINS, LIVED
IN THE SOUTH. IN THE SOUTH.
I LAST SPOKE TO HIM IN 1990, SHE I LAST SPOKE TO HIM IN 1990, SHE
SAYS. SAYS. FOUR YEARS AGO, HE DIED OF
CANCER.ARS AGO, HE DIED OF CANCER. FOR DECADES, FAMILIES HAVE BEEN
DIVIDED, LIVES DEVASTATED, BY A DIVIDED, LIVES DEVASTATED, BY A
CONFLICT THAT HERE, THEY SAY, CONFLICT THAT HERE, THEY SAY,
NEVER ENDED. NEVER ENDED.
IN AN EDUCATION CENTER, WITH ITS IN AN EDUCATION CENTER, WITH ITS
OWN REPLICA MISSILE, YOUNG OWN REPLICA MISSILE, YOUNG
PEOPLE LEARN MUSIC AND SPORTS. PEOPLE LEARN MUSIC AND SPORTS.
BUT THESE BOYS MUST SOON START BUT THESE BOYS MUST SOON START
TEN YEARS MILITARY SERVICE. TEN YEARS MILITARY SERVICE.
WOULD YOU RATHER FIGHT FOR YOUR WOULD YOU RATHER FIGHT FOR YOUR
COUNTRY OR PLAY SPORT FOR YOUR COUNTRY OR PLAY SPORT FOR YOUR
COUNTRY? COUNTRY?
WE WOULD RATHER PROTECT OUR WE WOULD RATHER PROTECT OUR
COUNTRY, ONE SAYS. COUNTRY, ONE SAYS.
FOR OUR NATION, I CAN SACRIFICE FOR OUR NATION, I CAN SACRIFICE
MY HAPPINESS AND LIFE, SAYS MY HAPPINESS AND LIFE, SAYS
ANOTHER. ANOTHER. EVEN TODAY, NORTH KOREANS
PEOPLE KNOW LITTLE OF THE PEOPLE KNOW LITTLE OF THE
OUTSIDE WORLD BESIDE WHAT OUTSIDE WORLD BESIDE WHAT
THEYRE TOLD. THEYRE TOLD.
AND MOST OF US KNOW LITTLE OF AND MOST OF US KNOW LITTLE OF
THEM. THEM. A NOTE ON HOW OUR TRIP WAS A NOTE ON HOW OUR TRIP WAS ORGANIZED, WE ASKED FOR WHERE WE ORGANIZED, WE ASKED FOR WHERE WE WANTED TO GO. WANTED TO GO. OF COURSE, THE GOVERNMENT OF COURSE, THE GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED WHERE WE WENT. CONTROLLED WHERE WE WENT. SO, INEVITABLY, THE PEOPLE THAT SO, INEVITABLY, THE PEOPLE THAT WE SPOKE TO WERE PRO-GOVERNMENT.
WHAT WE DIDNT SEE,RO-GOVERNMENT. WHAT WE DIDNT SEE,
HODA, WHAT DEFECTORS HAVE TALKED HODA, WHAT DEFECTORS HAVE TALKED
ABOUT, WHICH ARE TERRIBLE

69 Replies to “On Eve Of Winter Olympics, A Rare Look Inside North Korea | TODAY”

  1. The first thing you notice when you deplane is the air….Half rotting garbage, and half 3000 year old rice paddy dung…but make no mistake here….North OR South….these are VERY dangerous people….

  2. Ask the Americans kids will they rather fight in a war or play PlayStation, they will tell you, I rather play PlayStation. We don’t want to fight the North Korean.

  3. There’s about a 99.99% chance that the guy that wanted peace was served for dinner at Kim un ding dong’s house

  4. See what THEY want you to see. And obviously ASK the kind of questions THEY want you to ask. Talk about some pretty stupidly mindless and obvious questions! Like, 'Do you want to win any Olympic metal?' or 'what do you think of America?' or 'what are you learning here?' Duh, what did you REALLY expect them to say with them KNOWING their 'supreme' leader IS watching and listening? Stupid report and colossal waste of resources.

  5. Don't be waving Red Flags trying to start fights to impress your boss.
    Pence Trump bromance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gneBUA39mnI&t=127s
    And now Trump wants a parade! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tt5thXLBKw

  6. "O" my God, they are just like us, they are Human, so clean and healthy, and the typical rhetoric from a very bias reporter, that sheeple will believe, (NOW) do a tour of many of the Yankee cities showing the drugos, and homeless and filth on the streets,

  7. Why would you ask young athletes if they'd rather fight for the country or play? You KNOW how they MUST answer! Were you trying to get them in trouble?

  8. sigh ..these western journalists always go into North Korea with a bias to look for flaws with a magnifying glass.
    Go any western country and if you are determined , you can find all sorts of things to make them look bad too.
    Homeless in America, the rustbelt, the crumbling infrastructure, the dysmal state of the dysfunctional democratic model etc.
    The point is if you are looking to demonize , there is a thousand ways to do it.

  9. Let the Koreans both North and South reunite. They are one ethnic stock separated by ideology. It's all politics man. It sucks.
    The big powers are also playing their proxy game there. Leave the brethen to talk peace ! It's been since 1953. Give peace a chance !!

  10. Despite a lot of efforts by the U.S. government to dehumanize and smear North Korea as an inhuman and brutal place to live, North Korea is a young and growing country with a very promising future. In September 1998 I visited North Korea and what I saw and experienced there left me a deep impression. When our tour bus arrived at this 4 star hotel in Pyongyang, the tour guide told us to leave our luggage in the lobby and to rush to the restaurant on the third floor to have lunch, because our bus was delayed for about 40 minutes and the hotel restaurant was still waiting for us. We asked the tour guide what if someone steals our luggage and other personal stuff. The tour guide looked puzzled and said "who would steal your luggage?" I am pretty certain that if I leave my luggage in the hotel lobby here, it would be stolen. I mean, think about it, the security personnel at our airports search passenger bags to steal cash and other valuables while performing their duty. This is the difference between North Koreans and Americans.

  11. I hope the North Koreans that get to come out to join the olympics realize how the outside world works and go back and tell people in their country debunking the myth and propaganda that they’ve been taught.

  12. NBC will get rid of Matt Lauer for chasing a few skirts, but they support the horrific slaughter of dogs by broadcasting the 2018 Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics in South Korea. How can NBC glorify South Korea during these Olympics when their culture includes eating dogs? Worse yet they are tortured, hung slowly by the neck and burned alive. Over 20,000 restaurants in South Korea serve dog meat, and that just the restaurants! Boycott the winter Olympics starting February 9th. Get off the fence! Have the nerve to watch this one video and that will do it for you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta6tovRyzPQ

  13. Well, in South Korea money decided what you report. I was very much disappointed this morning’s nbc news about Pyeongchang Olympic. You reported all the negative words which old frauds money and power holders wanted to say. Those people you showed with the news were paid to demonstrate against Moon Jaein’s government and represent less than 10% of Koreans. NBC, you are not reporting the truth. There are 70% Koreans who support peaceful communications and Moon Jaein.

  14. 4:25 YOU WERE IN PYONGYANG ! EVERYONE there is the elite CORE. Stop acting dumb. "Journalists" keep making the same stupid mistakes, trying to ask questions in Pyongyang. You will ALWAYS get the same answers.

  15. Each country has its own government and its own decision. Why the US is always looking for war? It’s known for any country that this country is always igniting war, and its always a Republican Party is constantly doing it.

  16. In their national anthem they sing about bombs. Their president demands complete personal loyalty and thinks he is above the law. Their children are raised with violent war games and movies. They parade the military through the streets. They try to control the news. Their leader appoints members of his own family to high government offices. Their leader is reckless and constantly threatens war. But enough about America.

  17. Kim, can you nuke somewhere. I’m bored with my life and I want to die. You could nuke America easily and start ww3 and send me to a concentration camp to die, which I would be fine, as long as I got to die.

  18. 1:57 min guy say how it is ! but what happened later? nice comment from a jurmnalist, dude stop this propaganda… they wait for open up, and everybody say they are 'robots

  19. they are just very secretive. I think they are afraid to be shown their ways of life to the world. they have no outside influences so they are afraid.

  20. It is immoral to broadcast this. Everything out of these people's mouths is propaganda. The journalist is not allowed to move around North Korea without government minders. Everyone he's allowed to talk to has been coached to say certain things (and they are being minded as well). I would not be surprised if the North Korean customs agents are checking and even confiscating tapes. Because the words spoken here are not genuine, the audience is getting a false picture of North Korea and its people.

  21. Survivor mode of North Korea – nukes in its cache of weapons. If Saddam successfully build it, no Iraq war: mind set of North Korea.

  22. I don't condone North Koreans nuclear threats and human rights oppression, NK must stop these and be friendlier with the outside worlds or else they will face sanctions. However, you gotta admit that their Pyongyang city is obviously cleaner, organize, orderly and more walking friendly than ghetto cities in the US with hoodlums looking to rob you among odors of human feces, urine, trash and rude people.

  23. Kim sees how successful South Korea is and will use them for their money somehow. He’s already gotten the South to pay for them to participate in the Olympics and all they contributed aside from their propagandized cheerleaders were a pair of figure skaters and merged a women’s ice hockey team. North Korea did not participate for the sake of the Olympics, for their athletes… they participated for their own political gain.

  24. I have learned from long years of experience and study to never trust anything the Americans say. The evil empire will demonize any country that refuses to grab ankle for it.

  25. North Korea has limited wifi (inflames us, causes cancer) and cannabis is legal. I might be more comfortable living there than with electromediazombies surrounding us everywhere else.
    Any place where natural medicine is legal and the doctor is not talking on a DECT phone isn't so bad.

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