August 14, 2022

Unification minister nominee says Mount Kumgang tourism violates sanctions

Kwon Young-se, however, stresses that inter-Korean humanitarian assistance efforts should continue

South Korean unification ministry nominee Kwon Young-se said Thursday that Mount Kumgang tourism goes against international sanctions, signaling a departure from the current Moon Jae-in administration which has heavily promoted the resumption of tours to the region.

Kwon’s remarks come as North Korea continues to dismantle South Korean-owned facilities at the mountain, including Hyundai Asan’s floating hotel and Ananti’s golf resort. North Korean state media reported later that a fire broke out in the region.