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ROK offers to DPRK sending delegation to inspect facilities in Mount Kumgang

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-11-06 13:36

SEOUL - The Republic of Korea (ROK) has offered to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) sending its delegation to inspect ROK-built facilities in the DPRK's scenic resort of Mount Kumgang, local media reports said Wednesday citing Seoul's unification ministry.

The proposal notice was delivered on Tuesday through the inter-Korean liaison office in the DPRK's border town of Kaesong to send the delegation, composed of government officials and businessmen of ROK.

It came about a week after Pyongyang rejected Seoul's offer to hold working-level talks about the suspended tour by ROK people to the DPRK's mountain resort.

The DPRK preferred the exchange of letters to discuss the Mount Kumgang issues, rather than face-to-face talks.

ROK people's tour to Mount Kumgang, launched in 1998, has been suspended since a ROK's female tourist was host dead in 2008 by a DPRK soldier after allegedly venturing into off-limit areas.

Top DPRK leader Kim Jong-un said last month that he would welcome the ROK's 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's side.

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