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Swedish surprise at seeing snow cannon used in N.Korea

Published on Jan 4, 2014 1:56 AM
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sits on a ski lift during a visit to a newly built ski resort in the Masik Pass region, in this undated picture published in North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - When North Korea's state media this week issued pictures of leader Kim Jong-Un visiting a new ski field he ordered built, one firm in Sweden couldn't believe what it was seeing.

Its snow cannon was being used to coat the slopes of the Masik Pass Ski Resort in white - despite EU sanctions meant to prevent impoverished North Korea getting its hands on luxury goods and equipment.

"I have no idea how they turned up in North Korea. We did not sell them directly to North Korea," the chief of the Areco company, Mr Johan Erling, told Friday's edition of the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Kim on Tuesday took a ride up a ski lift in the resort, a pet project he had built with "lightning speed" and which he claimed was "the centre of the world's attention", North Korean state media reported.

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