North Korea turning missile test site into swanky resort
Lifeâs 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 UKâs 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 regimeâs pitch appeared to be aimed at capitalizing on global publicity focused on the Games, which kick off Feb. 9 in Pyeongchang.
âWhen 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,â North Koreaâs 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 âfamous sandy beachâ â" and said it would put the countryâs tourism âon world level.â
Meanwhile, North Korean despot Kim Jong Un has nearly blown the entire âslush fundâ 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.
âDue to Kim Jong Unâs extravagant spending, the slush fund from his father, Kim Jong Il, is running out,â according to a source in China with close ties to Pyongyangâs elite, Radio Free Asia reported.
âWe can speculate that he spent a lot of money from the number of missile [and nuclear weapons] tests he carried out,â the source said.
Experts say tourism is an important part of Kimâs plans to boost the countryâs 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