How a Thousand Year-Old Buddhist Temple Shapes North Korea | NBC Nightly News

How a Thousand Year-Old Buddhist Temple Shapes North Korea | NBC Nightly News


MOUNTAINS 100 MILES NORTH OF THE CAPITOL PYONGYANG.>>Reporter: HIDDEN IN THE HEART OF NORTH KOREA, A DEVOUTLY ATHEIST COUNTRY, SOMETHING RARELY SEEN BY OUTSIDERS, A BUDDHIST TEMPLE 1,000 YEARS OLD, PERHAPS OFFERING LESSONS FOR TODAY. THIS IS BEAUTIFUL. THE TEMPLE WAS BOMBED BY THE U.S. DURING THE KOREAN WAR. KIM SONG TELLS ME. THIS IS SUCH A PEACEFUL PLACE, DO YOU WORRY THAT IT WILL SEE ANOTHER WAR SOON? ANOTHER WAR HAPPEN BECAUSE WE HAVE A NUCLEAR SUPERPOWER SHE TELLS ME. U.S. SHOULD WAKE UP FOR IT’S WAR DREAM. IT ATTRACTS MANY VISITORS IN A DHARNT DISCOURAGES RELIGION. INSIDE PRAYERS TO BUDDHA AND ANOTHER EXPRESSED IN NORTH KOREA THAT NORTH KOREA’S SUPREME LEADER WILL KEEP THEM SAFE. THERE’S A LOT OF TALK OF WAR RIGHT NOW. KIM JONG-UN WILL PROTECT US THE MONK SAYS. I ASKED HIM ABOUT THE NUCLEAR WEAPONS HE IS DEVELOPING. HE SAYS SOMETIMES IT’S OKAY TO KILL IF IT SAVES MORE LIVES. AT ALL TIMES, OUR GOVERNMENT MINDERS LOOK ON, THESE ARE TENSE TIMES IN NORTH KOREA. THERE ARE SO MANY ASPECTS OF THIS COUNTRY CLOSED OFF TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD, NOT LEAST, THE SHEER BEAUTY OF THE PLACE. STANDING HERE, IT’S HARD TO TAKE IN THAT THE LEADERSHIP OF NORTH KOREA HAS SAID A NUCLEAR WAR COULD BREAK OUT AT ANY

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