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N. Korea proposes talks on Mount Kumgang on Nov. 19: ministry

All Headlines 19:17 November 11, 2010

SEOUL, Nov. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Unification Ministry said Thursday that it was reviewing North Korea's latest proposal to hold talks on Nov. 19 on resuming cross-border tours to the North's Mount Kumgang.

"Pyongyang has sent a letter via the Kaesong Industrial Complex suggesting that the two Koreas hold talks on Nov. 19 to discuss restarting the tourism of Mount Kumgang," said a ministry official.

"In response, the Unification Ministry told the North that it will deliver its answer later," said the official, noting that the North's proposal is still under review.

The Mount Kumgang tours, seen as a symbol of inter-Korean reconciliation, have been suspended since the shooting death of a South Korean tourist by a North Korean soldier in 2008.

North Korea starving for hard currency revenues from the tourism project has persistently demanded that the two governments "urgently" hold dialogue on ways to revive the cross-border tourism project.

Earlier this year, North Korea froze and seized South Korean facilities at the resort, including a Seoul-owned family reunion center, in anger over the South's refusal to resume the tours.
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