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North Korea bid to take tourism cash from UN as Kim Jong-un hit with $1BILLION sanctions

Monday 07/August/2017 - 09:20 AM
Sada El Balad
Edited By: Nada Moustafa

NORTH Korea announced a new plan to boost tourism in the rogue state after the United Nations (UN) imposed new $1billion sanctions on Pyongyang، Express news reported.

As part of a drive to attract visitors، state media said it hoped Mount Kumgang would be designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve.

The application، which is currently in its final stages، means the site would be eligible for funds from the UN for eco-tourism developments.

North Korea would also receive funding to maintain the local environment and limit carbon emissions in the area، should its application prove successful.

Pyongyang’s state-run media said: “We are making efforts to develop a new field of eco-tourism and apply it to the real world.”

In recent years North Korea has made a push to increase tourism to the country after past ventures along side the South Korean government were dissolved.

The mountain، which is culturally and historically significant to both nations، has been the centre controversy in the past following the murder of a South Korean tourist in 2008.

This is the latest move in a series of attempts by the Kim Jong-un regime to legitimise tourism to the area from nations other than South Korea.

Last year the DPRK even invited British YouTuber Louis Cole to the nation to advertise its beaches and alleged surf culture.

All of this comes amidst mountain sanctions on the North for its nuclear development program، bringing into question the plan’s legitimacy.

North Korea is in desperate financial straits with sanctions drastically reducing trade and its ability to send workers overseas.

Tourism is one of the many tactics the regime has attempted in the past to increase revenues and legitimise itself to the world.

If successful the designation would see Mount Kumgang joining such holiday favourites as Mount Olympus in Greece and even the Isle of Man.

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