• NKorea shuts down Pyongyang model village


    SEOUL: North Korea has closed a multi-million dollar model village in Pyongyang because it reminds leader Kim Jong-Un of his executed uncle who managed the project, media reports said on Tuesday. Pyongyang Folk Village, which features miniature versions of the capital’s buildings, was completed in 2012, with Kim describing it as the brainchild of his deceased father Kim Jong-Il. Its construction was overseen by Jang Song-Thaek, once the second most powerful man in North Korea who was convicted of treason and executed in late 2013. Jang was described as a “traitor” to the nation and derided as “despicable human scum… worse than a dog” in the announcement of his death by the official KCNA news agency.



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