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US News North Korea's Kim orders demolition of South-built resort

15:06  23 october  2019
15:06  23 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has condemned a flagship tourist development with the South as an eyesore and ordered buildings there demolished , state media reported Wednesday, in a stark illustration of dire relations between Pyongyang and Seoul. The Mount Kumgang tourist complex was

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has condemned a flagship tourist development with the South as an eyesore and ordered buildings there demolished , state media reported Wednesday, in a stark illustration of dire relations between Pyongyang and Seoul. The Mount Kumgang tourist complex was

a group of people standing next to a man: Mount Kumgang tours came to an abrupt end in 2008 after a North Korean soldier shot dead a Southern tourist who strayed off the approved path © STR Mount Kumgang tours came to an abrupt end in 2008 after a North Korean soldier shot dead a Southern tourist who strayed off the approved path

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has condemned a flagship tourist development with the South as an eyesore and ordered its demolition, state media reported Wednesday, in a stark illustration of dire relations between Pyongyang and Seoul.

The Mount Kumgang tourist complex was built by Southern company Hyundai Asan in the North on one of the peninsula's most scenic mountains, drawing hundreds of thousands of Southern visitors.

But tours came to an abrupt end in 2008 after a North Korean soldier shot dead a Southern tourist who strayed off the approved path and Seoul suspended travel.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has condemned a flagship tourist development with the South as an eyesore and ordered its demolition , state media North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has visited the tourist site of Mount Kumgang, which once drew hundreds of thousands of South Koreans , and

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited North Korea ' s Mount Kumgang resort and ordered the demolition of hotels and facilities built by South Korean firms.

Pyongyang had long wanted to resume the lucrative visits, but the tours would now violate international sanctions imposed on North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic programmes.

This undated combination photo provided on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 and made by the North Korean government, shows scenes of the Diamond Mountain resort where North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited, in Kumgang, North Korea. Kim ordered the destruction of South Korean-made hotels and other tourist facilities at the North's Diamond Mountain resort, apparently because Seoul won't defy international sanctions and resume South Korean tours at the site, Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: © ASSOCIATED PRESS This undated combination photo provided on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 and made by the North Korean government, shows scenes of the Diamond Mountain resort where North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited, in Kumgang, North Korea. Kim ordered the destruction of South Korean-made hotels and other tourist facilities at the North's Diamond Mountain resort, apparently because Seoul won't defy international sanctions and resume South Korean tours at the site, Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

Kim visited the site and lambasted the "shabby" buildings as "just a hotchpotch with no national character at all", the North's official KCNA news agency reported, adding "they were built like makeshift tents in a disaster-stricken area or isolation wards" and "very backward in terms of architecture".

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North Korea ' s Kim Orders Demolitions At South - built Resort . Umer Jamshaid 7 months ago Wed 23rd October 2019 | 10:50 AM. The Mount Kumgang tourist complex was built by Southern company Hyundai Asan in the North on one of the peninsula's most scenic mountains, drawing

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said on Wednesday that its leader, Kim Jong-un, had ordered the demolition of South Korean hotels and other buildings in a resort Mr. Kim called for “ building new modern service facilities our own way that go well with the natural scenery of Mount Kumgang.”

"He instructed to remove all the unpleasant-looking facilities of the south side," KCNA said, "and to build new modern service facilities our own way".

The announcement is a striking repudiation of what was once one of the two biggest inter-Korean projects, along with the now-shuttered Kaesong Industrial Complex, where Southern companies employed North Korean workers while paying Pyongyang for their services.

It came only a day after the South's President Moon Jae-in -- who has long championed engagement with the North -- touted the benefits of a possible "peace economy" in a speech to Seoul's parliament.

But contact between the neighbours stalled after the collapse of a February summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Hanoi, and Pyongyang has since repeatedly excoriated Seoul, saying it has "nothing to talk any more" with it.

a man standing in front of a mountain: Kim Jong Un's announcement is a striking repudiation of what was once one of the two biggest inter-Korean projects © STR Kim Jong Un's announcement is a striking repudiation of what was once one of the two biggest inter-Korean projects

While Kim said the demolition should proceed "with an agreement with the relevant unit of the south side", he added the view that Mount Kumgang was "a common property of the north and the south" was "a mistaken idea and a misguided understanding".

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Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has ordered the destruction of all facilities built by South Korea at the Mount Kumgang tourist zone, apparently because of South Korean invested villas line the coastline of the Mount Kumgang resort , also known as Diamond Mountain, in North Korea .

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"Mt Kumgang is our land won at the cost of blood and even a cliff and a tree on it are associated with our sovereignty and dignity," it cited him as saying.

"We will always welcome our compatriots from the south if they want to come to Mt Kumgang," he said, but it was "not desirable to let the south side undertake the tour of Mt Kumgang, our famous mountain".

Hyundai Asan spent 220 billion won (now $190 million) on building the site, with another 559 billion won paid in fees to the North's authorities, the company says.

A company representative told AFP they were "taken aback with the news as we have been preparing for the resumption of tours", but added they would "deal with it calmly".

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