- Kim Jong-un made the bizarre announcement ahead of the Winter Olympics
- He revealed the resort would be built in Kangwon province in Gwandong region
- Country’s economy has been struggling amid crippling United Nations sanctions
Kim Jong-un is trying to attract tourists to North Korea by advertising a luxury resort – built in an area used for missile tests.
The leader made the bizarre announcement as the country prepares to send their athletes to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
He revealed that the resort would be built in Kangwon province, to the east of which three short-range ballistic missiles landed last year after being fired from the North.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is pictured inspecting an aquarium as he visits the Songdowon international children’s camp in Kangwon province
North Korea is desperately trying to boost tourism to prop up the country’s struggling economy amid crippling United Nations sanctions.
‘When the tourist area is built, it will satisfy the demand of domestic and foreign tourists and will be the most ideal place to link various tourist destinations to the Wonsan-Mt Kumgang international tourist zone,’ the country’s state-run KCNA news agency said in a statement.
Few details were provided about the resort, but it is said to include a ‘famous sandy beach’.
The project will put the country’s tourism ‘on world level’, the statement said.
Kim Jong-un (pictured) has nearly spent the entire ‘slush fund’ he inherited from his father on nuclear weapon tests, it has been claimed
Kim has staged a series of costly nuke trials since taking over as leader after the death of his father Kim Jong-il in 2011.
He is said to have spent nearly the entire ‘slush fund’ he inherited from his father on nuclear weapon tests.
Last year, President Trump banned Americans from visiting the communist nation after it tested several intercontinental ballistic missiles.
In 2014, Kim was photographed inspecting an aquarium at a children’s camp in Kangwon province where the resort is to be built.
The Songdowon International children’s camp, which opened in the 1960s, had undergone a refurbishment.