South Korea offers to visit stalled joint tour resort in North
Seoul, South Korea – South Korea says it has offered to send a delegation to check on facilities at a long-stalled joint tourist resort in North Korea.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently ordered the destruction of South Korean-made hotels and other facilities at the North’s Diamond Mountain resort, saying they appear “shabby” and “unpleasant-looking.”
Seoul’s Unification Ministry said Wednesday it sent a message proposing a delegation dispatch to conduct safety checks on those facilities.
Ministry spokesman Lee Sang-min says North Korea hasn’t responded.
South Korea earlier proposed face-to-face talks on the issue. North Korea has rejected that and insisted on document exchanges.
South Korean-run tours to the mountain resort has been suspended since 2008 when a North Korean soldier fatally shot a South Korean tourist.