North Korea will receive US$5 million from Zimbabwe in return for giant statues of dictator Robert Mugabe, Radio Free Asia quoted Zimbabwean media as saying Tuesday.
North Korea's Mansudae Art Studio signed a contract with the African country to build two giant statues for Mugabe's 90th birthday, according to RFA. The larger, to be erected in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare, reportedly costs $3.5 million and the smaller $1.5 million.
The North has earned a fair amount of hard currency from the Third World by building monumental statuary cheaper than anyone else. Dubious triumphs in the art include the African Renaissance Monument in Senegal built in 2010.