Journalists from China, the United States and Russia on Tuesday flew to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to watch the closure of a nuclear site, as the world is gearing up for the upcoming summit held between DPRK's leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump next month in Singapore.
Dozens of foreign journalists including a team from CGTN left Beijing Capital International Airport on Tuesday morning. Their departure came under flashing cameras from a huge crowd of media outlets from across the world.
They were invited by the DPRK government to cover the demolition of Punggye-ri nuclear facilities, which is scheduled from May 23 to 25.
Reporters were earlier told to be flown directly into Wonsan on a charter flight provided by the DPRK, but their tickets said “Pyongyang”. Video taken by CGTN's reporters shew foreign journalists took a flight operated by a DPRK airliner.
Earlier Pyongyang had said it planned to invite experts and journalists from countries including the U.S., the UK, Russia, the Republic of Korea and China for the shutdown of its test site. On Monday, however, Pyongyang denied the access of journalists from Seoul.
The denial of access came days after the North dropped out of a high-level talk with the South over the US-ROK military exercises.