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How to get to North Korea’s nuclear site

( CNN) A small coterie of foreign reporters is about to set off on a marathon jaunt to a remote location in North Korea to witness Pyongyang’s purported ruin of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site.

The correspondents — including a CNN crew — are leaving from Wonsan, a port city on North Korea’s east coast, where they landed Tuesday after catching a specially-chartered aircraft from Beijing.

That flight was just the first leg in the long journey to Punggye-ri, more than 200 miles( 370 kilometers) north of Pyongyang.

To got to get requires an 11 -hour journey train, four hours by bus, followed by up to an hour of hiking to the mountain location from where the journalists have been told they’ll assure the nuclear site’s destruction.

The journey has been constructed more difficult by recent heavy rain, which has affected the very basic roads in the area around Punggye-ri.

Eight South Korean journalists were allowed to join those already in the country at the last minute Wednesday morning, after they were initially denied permission to travel to North Korea, for reasons which remain unclear.

While international media are regularly able to travel to the capital Pyongyang or — during a period of rapprochement between North and South — the jointly-run Kaesong Industrial Complex, his trip to other parts of North Korea are far rarer.

CNN International correspondent Will Ripley has visited North Korea 18 days, but this is the only period he hasn’t flown via Pyongyang. A previous CNN trip to Wonsan involved traveling to the capital first and then going by ground to the coast.

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