09 Aug '11, 9am

Serious bo?? North Korea opens new air route with Malaysia

SEOUL: North Korea said on Tuesday it will open an air route with Malaysia next week as the isolated communist country seeks to attract more foreign tourists. The route for chartered planes between Pyongyang and Kuala Lumpur will open next Friday for Malaysian tourists, the North's official Korean Central News Agency said. "Many tourists have come to (North Korea) by chartered planes," it said, adding that Pyongyang opened air routes with the eastern Chinese city of Shanghai on July 1 and the ancient city of Xian on July 28. Tourists from Shanghai have been allowed to tour the North's scenic spots and monuments without a visa, KCNA said. The move comes amid a festering dispute with South Korea over a jointly-run mountain resort in the North. The Mount Kumgang resort, which opened in 1998 as a symbol of reconciliation between the two Koreas, once earned the impoverished Nor...

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