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North Korean Regime Is Building the World’s Most Pointless Ski Resort

Under the oppressive regime of dictator Kim Jong Un, many citizens of North Korea face extreme poverty, and struggle to provide their families with basic necessities like food. But that’s not stopping the regime from building a massive, secluded luxury ski resort. Even though government officials admit that only about 5,500 people out of a population of 28 million actually even ski, and the income for the average North Korean is just $3.50 a day, a ski resort is the focus of a multi-million dollar project by the regime. Though the country’s “ski association chief” told the AP that the “social gains” of such a resort like “nationalism” and “civic pride” are part of the reason for the undertaking, many analysts believe it’s simply a way to attempt to overshadow South Korea, who will host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

The “tourist” attraction is facing some major obstacles though. In addition to being almost completely inaccessible, the resort doesn’t even have ski lifts. The Swiss company originally contracted to provide them, pulled out of the project because of sanctions on luxury goods levied against the regime by the international community. (The North Korean government—the same body that imprisons hundreds of thousands in secret prison camps, called the ski lift builder pull-out “a serious human rights abuse”). Terrifyingly, the North Korean official in charge of the resort told the AP, “We can make nuclear weapons and rockets. We can build a ski lift” …

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