February 05, 2016

To Build a Ski Resort Under U.N. Sanctions, North Korea Turned to China

Source: The Washington Post

BEIJING — After North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, ordered his army to build a world-class ski resort, the imported equipment for it was soon at hand, including snowmobiles, snowblowers and even a mile-long cable car system manufactured by a leading Austrian company.

By almost any estimate, the sale of such items appears to violate the intent of United Nations sanctions meant to punish the North for its nuclear weapons program — specifically, sanctions targeting luxury goods, intended to cover products like Champagne and caviar, yachts and expensive cars.

Read the full article in The Washington Post.


  • Elizabeth Rosenberg

    Former Senior Fellow and Director, Energy, Economics and Security Program

    Elizabeth Rosenberg is a former Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Economics, and Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. In this capacity, she publ...