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N. Korea to freeze S. Korean facilities at mountain resort, scraps tourism deal

All Headlines 20:53 April 08, 2010

SEOUL, April 8 (Yonhap) -- North Korea said Thursday it will freeze a series of South Korea-owned facilities at its eastern mountain resort and expel South Korean personnel from them.

The communist country had threatened "extraordinary measures" if South Korea did not agree by the start of this month to resume its long-suspended cross-border tours to the Mount Kumgang resort.

In a statement released through its official Korean Central News Agency, monitored in Seoul, the North said it has scrapped its tourism deal with South Korea and will allow an unspecified third party to take over the tours.

The North also threatened to "entirely reevaluate" its joint industrial park with South Korea if relations between the divided states do not improve.

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