SEOUL, Sept. 23 (Yonhap) — North Korea is pushing ahead with the dismantling of facilities built by South Korea at the resort town of Mount Kumgang on its east coast, in violation of inter-Korean agreements, the ministry said Friday. unification.
Citing satellite images taken by Planet Labs, the US-based Voice of America reported earlier that the North appears to have knocked down the domed roof of the House of Culture, an indoor performance hall in 620 places with investments from the South reaching around 30 billion won ($21.3 million).
“Our government will make it clear once again that North Korea‘s action is a flagrant violation of inter-Korean agreements and a violation of our property rights, and that all responsibility rests with the North,” the spokesperson said. Ministry deputy, Lee Hyo-jung. during a regular press briefing. “We urge North Korea to immediately cease its unilateral measures and come forward to find a solution through dialogue.”
Since March this year, the North has dismantled resort facilities, including the Haegumgang Floating Hotel, Ananti Golf Resort, Onjong Pavilion and most recently the House of Culture, according to the ministry.
Pyongyang earlier announced it would remove facilities from Mount Kumgang, with its leader Kim Jong-un ordering authorities to demolish all “unpleasant” facilities at the station in 2019.
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.