NKorea rushes to finish lavish ski resort

Associated Press
In this Aug. 23, 2013 photo, North Korean soldiers work on at building project to construct a ski resort at North Korea's Masik Pass. North Korean authorities have been encouraging a broader interest in sports in the country, both at the elite and recreational levels, as a means of energizing and mobilizing the masses, which North Korea’s slogan spinners are calling "the hot wind of sports blowing through Korea." (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

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The secretary-general of North Korea's ski association views the sprawling alpine landscape before him with unabashed pride. Facing a strong, cold wind, he points to a dip in the rugged, tree-covered mountains and says the sunrise there is a sight of unmatched beauty, worthy of the nation's supreme leader, Kim Jong Un.

This is the Masik Pass ski resort, North Korea's latest megaproject, the product of 10 months of furious labor intended to show that this country, so often derided for its poverty and isolation, is as civilized and culturally advanced as any other. (AP)

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