North Korea Builds Luxury Ski Resort

    In this Friday Sept. 20, 2013 photo, an unfinished hotel complex stands at the bottom of a mountain slope at the ski resort construction project at North Korea's Masik Pass. This is the Masik Pass ski resort, North Korea’s latest megaproject, the product of 10 months of furious labor intended to show the world that this country, so often derided for its poverty and isolation, is as civilized and culturally advanced as any other. North Korean authorities have been encouraging a broader interest in sports in the country, calling it "the hot wind of sports blowing through Korea." (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

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    In North Korea’s latest attempt to keep up with the Joneses, the country is barreling towards completion on a new prestige project: the multimillion-dollar Masik Pass ski resort. The decision is perplexing, since according to CBS, this country of 24 million has about 5,500 skiers—only 0.02 percent of the population—and it . Experts suggest that the choice of South Korea to host the 2018 Winter Olympics may have something to do with North Korea’s determination. The project hasn’t been without its setbacks—Switzerland, Austria and France have all refused to sell ski lifts to North Korea because of ongoing sanctions on the sale of luxury goods to the country. But the project’s head, Kim Tae Yong, told CBS that he wasn’t worried. "We can make nuclear weapons and rockets," he said. "We can build a ski lift."

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