Resort facilities

No new notification from North Korea on Mount Kumgang facilities: Seoul

Seoul, March 14 (IANS): South Korea said on Monday it had received no further notification from North Korea about the fate of South Korean-built facilities at its Mount Kumgang resort, despite reports that Pyongyang had started to work to remove them.

According to a well-informed source, signs of the North dismantling some of the resort facilities along the North’s east coast have been spotted amid heightened tensions on the peninsula due to regime slashing secret.

In October 2019, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered authorities to remove them.

Months later, Pyongyang informed Seoul of its decision to postpone the move, apparently as part of efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Lee Jong-joo, spokesman for the Southern Unification Ministry, told a press briefing that the government had not received any further notification from the North regarding the matter.

“There should be no unilateral measures from the North that infringe on the property rights of our companies and all (relevant) issues should be resolved through South-North consultations,” she said. .

Launched in 1998, the Mount Kumgang tour project was once considered a key symbol of inter-Korean reconciliation and economic cooperation.

It was suspended in 2008 after a South Korean tourist was shot dead by a North Korean guard near the resort for allegedly entering a no-go area.