Published On: Mon, Aug 7th, 2017

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


As a part of a drive to draw guests, state media mentioned it hoped Mount Kumgang could be designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve.

The applying, which is at present in its remaining phases, means the positioning could be eligible for funds from the UN for eco-tourism developments.

North Korea would additionally obtain funding to keep up the native setting and restrict carbon emissions within the space, ought to its utility show profitable.

Pyongyang’s state-run media mentioned: “We’re making efforts to develop a brand new area of eco-tourism and apply it to the actual world.”

In recent times North Korea has made a push to extend tourism to the nation after previous ventures alongside facet the South Korean authorities have been dissolved.

The mountain, which is culturally and traditionally vital to each nations, has been the centre controversy previously following the homicide of a South Korean vacationer in 2008.

That is the newest transfer in a collection of makes an attempt by the Kim Jong-un regime to legitimise tourism to the world from nations apart from South Korea.

Final yr the DPRK even invited British YouTuber Louis Cole to the nation to promote its seashores and alleged surf tradition.

All of this comes amidst mountain sanctions on the North for its nuclear growth program, bringing into query the plan’s legitimacy.

North Korea is in determined monetary straits with sanctions drastically lowering commerce and its skill to ship staff abroad.

Tourism is among the many ways the regime has tried previously to extend revenues and legitimise itself to the world.

If profitable the designation would see Mount Kumgang becoming a member of such vacation favourites as Mount Olympus in Greece and even the Isle of Man.


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