Thursday, October 05, 2006

Nuclear Nutcases Push Tourism Amid Standoffs

We kid you not....

As if dreamed up by Britain's Borat or the folks at America's long-running hit comedy TV show, Saturday Night Live, Islamist Iran and Stalinist North Korea are pushing tourism amid their nuclear standoffs.

Tourism and terrorism!

Honestly, we could not make this stuff up.

Iranian state media say the government plans to open its nuclear facilities to foreign tourists to help prove that Iran's atomic program is peaceful.

An Iranian tourism official, Esfandiar Rahim Mashai, says President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered the government to make preparations for inviting tourists to visit nuclear sites.

But he offers no details about what foreign tourists would be able to see at the facilities, or when the visits would begin. It is also unclear who would fit Iran's definition of a foreign tourist.

So far, only United Nations atomic inspectors and reporters have been able to visit Iran's nuclear sites.

The United States and its European allies have accused Iran of enriching uranium to develop nuclear weapons.

Not to be outdone, North Korean crazies, while promising to explode a nuclear weapon, are pushing--with Chinese help--a unique "oppottunity to combine business and pleasure in Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), often referred to as N. Korea--a combination of business, golf and sightseeing!"

Sponsored by the Korea Sports Marketing Group, the Korea Chamber of Commerce (Pyongyang) and Beijing-based Korea Business Consultants, the Business Golf Challenge at North Korea's Taesong Golf Course is planned for October 28-31 (which could mean no nuclear test until November, perhaps to upstage the US elections; but don't bet on it).

The event will include a one-day Golf Challenge on the par-72 Taesong Golf Course. Prizes will be offered, and a percentage of the money raised will supposedly be donated to the Korea Sports Fund.

There will also be "one full day of business," including a seminar on the amazing North Korean economy and its inviting "investment climate," an overview of the regime's investment policies and so-called laws, and a factory tour.

Check out the official itinerary, set forth below.

-SATURDAY, Oct 28: Flight from Beijing to Pyongyang, departing 11:30 AM, late afternoon pitch and putt, or city tour, then Welcome Dinner.
-SUNDAY, Oct 29: Business Golf Challenge and Awards Dinner, or Visit to Kaesong and the De-Militarised Zone (DMZ).
-MONDAY, Oct 30: Full-morning business and economic seminar. Afternoon meetings (by arrangement) or industrial/factory business-related tour. Evening reception with invited local business and diplomatic community. (Visit to Kaesong and the DMZ) also available on Monday).
-TUESDAY, Oct 31: Flight from Pyongyang to Beijing, arriving in Beijing 08:50 AM.

According to the promoters, packages are available from US$900 to US$1800, (including flights, meals and accommodation).

A full day of golf in North Korea--it does not get any better!