Reporters Notebook: Working In A Different World December 09, 2006 11:08 AM
As the only Western journalist allowed in North Korea in October, Diane Sawyer got a rare glimpse at what life was like in the "Hermit Nation."
Watch "North Korea: Inside the Shadows" on a special edition of "Primetime" on Friday at 9 p.m. ET
Twelve days in a world astonishingly different from the one we inhabit; would the people be hostile, angry at those they believe to be their "great enemy"?
We knew we would have a high profile in North Korea — there are only about 300 foreigners in the country. But the people in Pyongyang, their showplace capital, were consistently polite and friendly — they may not like America (in fact, most denounce it, smiling) but we Americans were embraced.
They are clearly proud of their city, which is spotless, and of their devotion to their leader and their country. But putting together our report on the hidden world of the Hermit Nation was not easy. READ MORE
Viewers had many questions for Sawyer about her trip.
"My daughter lives in South Korea, as she is married to a fine young man who is an Army helicopter pilot. She is pregnant, has lived there for 2 years, and now may be staying another year. After being in North Korea — do you feel that Americans such as my daughter are safe living so close to North Korea?"
Sawyer: It's anyone's guess, unfortunately. But the North Korean officials who sat down with us said that they see their nuclear program as deterrent rather than aggressive; they seem to believe that having nuclear capability means that they won't be invaded. The North Korean missile program has been a point of concern in South Korea for a long time, and the tension has certainly ramped up in that part of the world since we were there. READ MORE QUESTIONS
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