What is, and what isn’t, stopping South Korea from resuming tourism to the North
While UN sanctions likely limit larger-scale cooperation, some lower-level initiatives could go ahead
The resumption of South Korean tourist travel to North Korea has been an important part of ROK President Moon Jae-in’s engagement agenda.
However, like much of Moon’s ambitious program for inter-Korean cooperation, this goal remains unrealized, hindered by a combination of sanctions; North Korean recalcitrance over its nuclear program; and domestic and alliance politics in Seoul.
South Korean tourism to North Korea, particularly at the Mt. Kumgang resort built and operated by Hyundai Asan, constituted a major component of Seoul’s 1998-2008 Sunshine Policy toward the North.
Additionally, the second inter-Korean
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