The Republic of Korea (ROK) on October 28 offered to hold working-level talks with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to discuss issues on the DPRK's scenic resort of Mount Kumgang.
Mount Kumgang is the first major
inter-Korean cooperation project, and thousands of ROKoreans visited the
Seoul-funded resort between 1998 and 2008.
Seoul's Unification Ministry spokesman Lee
Sang-min told in a press briefing that the government and Hyundai Asan Corp.,
which participated in the inter-Korean tour project, sent notices earlier in
the day to the DPRK's counterparts through the inter-Korean liaison office in
the DPRK's border town of Kaesong.
With the notices, the ROK
side proposed working-level talks with the DPRK to discuss issues on the halted
tour by ROKoreans to the Mount
Kumgang resort, including
the issues raised by the DPRK side.
Through the notice delivered
to ROK on October 25, the DPRK offered to discuss the removal of ROK-built
facilities in Mount
Kumgang using the
exchange of letters, not face-to-face talks.
The DPRK said in the notice
that it would build and launch its own tour project in Mount Kumgang.
The tour by ROKoreans to Mount Kumgang,
launched in 1998, has been suspended since a ROK female tourist was shot dead
in 2008 by a DPRK soldier after allegedly venturing into off-limit areas.
The DPRK's official newspaper
Rodong Sinmun reported on October 23 that the Chairman of DPRK Kim Jong Un said
he would welcome the ROK compatriots at any time if they want to come to Mount Kumgang.
Kim ordered the removal of
ROK-built facilities in Mount
Kumgang in an agreement
with the relevant unit of the ROK side.
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