Resort facilities

Seoul laments NK’s removal of South Korea-built facilities at Mount Kumgang resort

SEOUL, Oct. 18 (Yonhap) — Seoul’s Unification Ministry on Tuesday expressed regret over North Korea’s continued dismantling of South Korean-built facilities in the Mount Kumgang resort town of Seoul. East Coast.

Voice of America reported that the North appears to have demolished a South Korean-built raw fish restaurant at the resort, citing satellite images taken by Planet Labs, a US earth-imaging company.

In response to the report, a senior Unification Ministry official expressed regret that the North continues to illegally infringe on South Korean property rights.

North Korea‘s demolition work is a flagrant violation of inter-Korean agreements,” the official told reporters.

“We urge North Korea to immediately cease its unilateral behavior and make it clear that all responsibility for the matter rests with the North,” he added.

Since March, North Korea has dismantled key resort facilities, including the Haegumgang Floating Hotel, Ananti Golf Resort and Onjong Pavilion.

Launched in 1998, the Mount Kumgang project was once considered a symbol of inter-Korean reconciliation. But Seoul suspended the program in July 2008 after a South Korean woman was killed by a North Korean soldier at the resort town.