NBC’s top anchor goes to North Korea and says he’s been ‘treated with respect’

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  • NBC News’ Lester Holt is in North Korea, where he has broadcast a few reports from a ski resort.
  • Holt said in a report that aired Monday that he had been “treated with respect” in the country.

NBC News’ Lester Holt arrived in North Korea over the weekend, broadcasting a segment from a ski resort that will soon host athletes from North Korea and South Korea training for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

In one report that aired Monday, Holt said, “We have been treated with respect here.”

North Korea is known to keep a strict lid on members of the press inside the country, however, and Holt’s broadcast was most likely subject to tight rules and restrictions. Previous reports, like this one from Vice News, said certain elements of the trip seemed choreographed.

Holt said during his broadcast that the ski resort was “certainly a part” that North Korea “would like us to see.”

The NBC team flew in from Beijing on North Korea’s state airline, Holt said. Security guards at the airport in North Korea checked novels that people had brought along to read, and even one crew member’s toothbrush, he said.