North begins expelling Kumgang workersNorth Korea has asked four ethnic Korean employees at a South Korean government-run family reunion center at Mount Kumgang to leave North Korea by 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Hyundai Asan, the South Korean company overseeing the suspended Mount Kumgang tourism, relayed the news. It was part of the North's implementation of its threats last week to freeze South Korean assets and expel workers in response to the South's reluctance to resume the tour program.
The North has also sealed keyholes on entrances to five facilities, which include a duty free shop and a cultural center, and has put up "keep-out" stickers.
The South's Unification Ministry said it was "regrettable" that the North decided to act on its words but that the South Korean government had no intention to respond to the North's move today.
By Yoo Jee-ho [email@example.com]
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