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N.Korea cancels tourist attraction beer festival

Last year's inaugural festival along the Taedong River was a surprise hit with tourists and Pyongyang residents alike.

North Korean Flag. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - North Korea has suddenly cancelled a popular month-long beer festival, but people won't be going thirsty in a country where brews are cheap and carry the ruling family's seal of approval.

Last year's inaugural festival along the Taedong River was a surprise hit with tourists and Pyongyang residents alike.

Now the Associated Press is reporting that this year's event, has been scrapped for unknown reasons.

It’s been pulled at a time when international criticism over the death of an American tourist and the test of Pyongyang's first intercontinental ballistic missile have left the country's nascent tourism industry in limbo.