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North Korea registers trademark for ski resort in tourism push

The powder is killer. North Korea registered a trademark with the United Nations for a hotel that sits within a $35 million ski resort  — a

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The powder is killer.

North Korea registered a trademark with the United Nations for a hotel that sits within a $35 million ski resort  — a pet project of Kim Jong Un that’s now part of a push to lure tourists to the hermit kingdom.

The country listed a 10-year trademark for the “Masikryong Hotel” in the coastal town of Wonsan with the World Intellectual Property Organization, the UN’s body on intellectual property rights, online records show.

It was able to register the trademark on April 2 because tourism is one of the few sectors excluded from the UN-led sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons program, the Korea Herald noted.

Despite its international reputation to the contrary, the notoriously closed-off nation relies on tourists for its main source of foreign currency, the paper said.

That has taken a hard hit after the coronavirus pandemic forced the North to close borders with China, the North’s main ally and primary source of tourists, the Herald said.

Officials now hope to push the attraction of the Masikryong Ski Resort, which was built as a pet project for the kingdom’s 36-year-old dictator who is reportedly an avid skier.

It has 10 slopes of varying difficulties as well as an Austrian-made cable car system, snowmobiles and an ice skating rink, the Herald said.

The hotel, meanwhile, has 120 hotel rooms, a swimming pool, bars, cafe — and even western shops, the paper says.

However, Americans will still have to wait to check out the powder and any off-piste action with the Kims.

“Do not travel to North Korea due to the serious risk of arrest and long-term detention of US nationals,” the Department of State warns, giving its strongest warning against travel there.

Anyone still wanting to try needs “special validation” which is granted “in very limited circumstances,” the department warns — stressing that you will not be able to get help from US officials once there.

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