North Korea is creating a commercial street in downtown Pyongyang as part of a large-scale project to turn the capital into an international city by 2012, when its late leader Kim Il-sung marks the centennial birthday, according to Yonhap News.
North Korea broke ground in December to construct a 50-story twin tower hotel, a trade center, a modern department store and office buildings under the initiative of Jang Song-taek, brother-in-law of leader Kim Jong-il, Yonhap reported quoting informed sources.
The creation of "Geumgang street" is part of the North's broader plan to rebuild its sagging economy by 2012, a year honoring the 100th birthday of its late leader Kim Il-sung, the sources said.
Good luck with that, and with the whole "no food" thing.
But I suppose if Yeosu can host a World Expo and if Naju can be designated an Innovative City, anything's possible.
Photo from here.
In other "Hub of Asia" news, the paper today says that North Korea rejected South Korea's offer of food aid, instead accepting aid from the US, apparently in exchange for denuclearization.