N. Korea plans 'world class' ski resort
NORTH Korean leader Kim Jong Un has issued a national appeal to speed up work on a "world class" ski resort, which is being built as rival South Korea prepares to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Describing the Masik Pass resort in the north-east of the impoverished country as a "gigantic patriotic work", Mr Kim urged greater effort to complete the project - with 110km of multi-level ski runs, a hotel, a heliport and cable cars.
The ruling Workers' Party "remains unchanged in its resolution to build a world-class skiing ground within this year", the Swiss-educated Kim said in a message carried by the official Korean Central News Agency on Tuesday.
The resort, which is being built by the military, will "provide the people and school youth and children with highly-civilised and happy living conditions", said the message addressed to service personnel and the country at large.