North wants tourism on table at reunion talks

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North wants tourism on table at reunion talks

North Korea says it wants to discuss tourism at the upcoming Red Cross talks between North and South Korea, the Ministry of Unification said yesterday.

“The ministry received a statement from North Korea yesterday that the real estate asset issue at the Mount Kumgang resort can be solved through negotiation and received a request that a government official also be sent to the Red Cross talks on Nov. 25,” said Unification Ministry spokesperson Lee Jong-joo.

North Korea refroze South Korean real estate assets at Mount Kumgang earlier this month after a round of reunions for families separated during the Korean War.

Pyongyang had temporarily lifted the sanctions on the tourism resort at Mount Kumgang for the reunions, seven months after freezing the assets in April.

The Red Cross talks to be held next week are to be on the regularization of inter-Korea family reunions on a bigger scale so that more family members can be reunited.

The venue for the Red Cross talks has not yet been determined.

By Christine Kim []
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