December 04, 2019 09:41
The government on Tuesday said it has notified North Korea that it is willing to demolish some parts of a complex built with South Korean money in the North's scenic Mt. Kumgang resort.
A Unification Ministry spokesman here said the government has agreed with the operator of long-canceled tours to Mt. Kumgang, Hyundai Asan, to tear down an aging hotel and chalet complex there.
The spokesman added the North is adamant about seeing "all facilities torn down and exchanging opinions in writing instead of face-to-face talks," he added.
The North has threatened to demolish the facilities itself unless the South complies with the demand and apparently wants to redevelop it in a more garish style to attract Chinese tourists.
"It seems still positive as the North is willing to discuss this issue despite its threat to 'tear the facilities down,'" a government official here said. "I think that there's still room for negotiations."
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