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    N. Korea to Launch Temporary Shanghai-Pyongyang Charter Tours

    FILE - A group of tourists from Shanghai, China, arrive at an airport in Pyongyang.FILE - A group of tourists from Shanghai, China, arrive at an airport in Pyongyang.
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    FILE - A group of tourists from Shanghai, China, arrive at an airport in Pyongyang.
    FILE - A group of tourists from Shanghai, China, arrive at an airport in Pyongyang.
    Baik SungwonJee Abbey Lee
    In an apparent effort to capture more foreign currency from tourists, North Korea will launch temporary flights from Shanghai to Pyongyang next month.
     
    The U.S.-based tour operator Uri tours says it will run new four-day tours to North Korea with charter flights starting July 6.
     
    According to the company’s website, North Korea's Air Koryo will provide the charter service.
     
    The tour will include stops in Pyongyang, the historic city of Kaesong and a visit to the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea.
     
    Some analysts have told VOA that North Korean leader Kim Jung-un is hoping to revive his country’s sagging economy with tourism.
     
    Currently, Air Koryo offers scheduled passenger service from Pyongyang to Beijing and from Pyongyang to the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang.
     
    This report was produced in collaboration with VOA’s Korean Service.

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    by: Anonymous
    June 10, 2014 1:54 AM
    WANT TO LIVE THERE

    by: Hovhannes from: Montevideo
    June 09, 2014 7:55 PM
    How come North Korea hates the West but it's desperate to get hold of foreign currency (US dollars, I guess) from tourists? I wonder.
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    by: Hovhannes from: Montevideo
    June 10, 2014 12:43 PM
    Actually, most North Koreans won't see any renminbi or whatever foreign currency the country will get from tourists or any other source. The hard currency will be used by the communist authorities to pay for the western luxury items they like to enjoy, the expenses they incur during their pleasure trips to foreign countries, the money they waste gambling in casinos in Macau and Europe, the education their children receive in foreign schools and universities. They can't use renminbi to pay for all of that, they need US dollars. Buying food from China? Why? They don't mind about their starving citizens.
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    by: jonathan huang from: canada
    June 10, 2014 9:29 AM
    no, USD is useless for N K ppl. They actually want renminbi which is a hard currency in asia! since the west add sanction on NK, only renminbi is useful to buy food from china!

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