New evidence has emerged linking a Chinese company with the construction of North Korea’s controversial Masikryong Ski Resort.
Human rights activist Ken Kato told Radio Free Asia (RFA) that the Shenyang based company Ya Ho Skiing Services had participated in the construction of Masikryong Ski Resort in 2012.
Kato drew attention to a website which says the Chinese company, “built the Ski Resort in cooperation with North Korea, so that the company successfully opened up the international market.” (敢为人先，永乐与行”是娅豪人的精神，公司将发展的目标定得更高、更远，2012年娅豪公司与朝鲜元山滑雪场的合作，使娅豪公司成功开拓了国际市场。)
Also on the site was a post claiming that Ya Ho Skiing Services had offered to provide snowplows for the Ski Resort, though this was later deleted.
Kato stressed that China is violating international sanctions against North Korea since the resort does little to benefit the average North Korean.
News of the link caused human rights activists in Japan to urge the Chinese government to cooperate with international sanctions against North Korea, RFA added.
In January, NK News reported that Canadian snowmobiles, Swedish snow-blowers and Italian and German snow cats were all spotted at the Masik Ski resort, raising concerns that UN Security Council resolutions banning Pyongyang from purchasing “luxury goods” had been broken.
The provision of such goods to the DPRK is far from clear cut however, as it’s up to individual countries to define which items are considered luxury. Whilst many EU countries have strict guidelines governing exports to North Korea, this is not the case with China, which has yet to draw up any list of prohibited goods.
Four Western ski resort equipment manufacturers later told NK News they they had no involvement in the supply of equipment to the DPRK, suggesting instead that the North Koreans had sourced the items from third party sellers in China and Russia.
North Korea has eagerly promoted the newly built Masikryong Ski Resort, which opened on the 31st of December last year, though it has since drawn international condemnation, being seen as waste of the country’s scant resources.
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