North Korea turning missile test site into swanky resort

By On January 26, 2018

North Korea turning missile test site into swanky resort

Life’s a beach in North Korea.

The hermit kingdom has announced plans for a world-class resort along the coastal Kangwon province â€" but the area also is used as a missile testing ground, the UK’s Sun reported.

The statement coincided with plans by Winter Olympics host South Korea to take part in joint sporting and cultural events in the area.

The reclusive regime’s pitch appeared to be aimed at capitalizing on global publicity focused on the Games, which kick off Feb. 9 in Pyeongchang.

“When the tourist area is built, it will satisfy the demand of domestic and foreign tourists and will be the most ideal place to link various tourist destinations to the Wonsan-Mt. Kumgang international tourist zone,” North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency said.

The statement did not provide details about the resort, but described the geographic features of the area â €" including a “famous sandy beach” â€" and said it would put the country’s tourism “on world level.”

Meanwhile, North Korean despot Kim Jong Un has nearly blown the entire “slush fund” he inherited from his dad on nuclear tests, and is eager to take part in the Olympics to boost his economy, according to the Sun.

“Due to Kim Jong Un’s extravagant spending, the slush fund from his father, Kim Jong Il, is running out,” according to a source in China with close ties to Pyongyang’s elite, Radio Free Asia reported.

“We can speculate that he spent a lot of money from the number of missile [and nuclear weapons] tests he carried out,” the source said.

Experts say tourism is an important part of Kim’s plans to boost the country’s economy.

It is one of a dwindling number of North Korean cash sources not specifically targeted by international sanctions.

This week, South Korean officials traveled to the Wo nsan area to inspect facilities at the Masik Pass ski resort and the nearby Kalma airport, which has yet to see any international flights after it opened in 2015, Reuters reported.

As part of unity activities surrounding the Olympics, the two countries agreed to hold joint ski training at Masik Pass and a cultural event at Mount Kumgang.

Source: Google News North Korea | Netizen 24 North Korea

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