The Masik ski resort has been heavily promoted by the North's propaganda machine since Kim visited it in June.
    
Kim wanted the facility with 110 kilometers of multi-level ski runs, a hotel, heliport and cable cars completed by the end of the year.
    
The North's Skiers Association said that ski courses have already been built with a hotel and other facilities nearing completion. But "some countries" are blocking the import of "cableway equipment" for the resort.
    
"This is a wanton violation of the UN Charter clarifying that sanctions should not impose sufferings and damage on the peaceful existence and activities of mankind and the people in relevant countries," the association said.
    
Switzerland's State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) said that it had blocked the deal, reportedly worth USD 7.6 million, after the Swiss government expanded its sanctions on the North in July.

SECO also said that selling supplies to the ski project fell under the expanded sanctions on luxury exports to the nuclear armed country. The North's association insisted that the resort was aimed at providing its citizens with highly civilized and happy living conditions.

(Agencies)

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