North Korea is destroying sites at the Mount Kumgang military base

(CNN) — Once revered as a symbol of inter-Korean peace, a floating hotel in a resort area has been destroyed by the North Korean government.

Mount Kumgang, whose Korean name means “Diamond,” has been the scene of rare occasions of reconciliation between the citizens of the two countries, which are still at war.

An official from the South Korean Unification Ministry told CNN that they have seen what appears to be “destruction activity” in several places on Mount Kumgang.

The news comes months after reports that the complex’s buildings had been demolished failed to surface.

Onjonggak Rest House, located at the foot of Mount Kumgang, is where the reunions of separated families from the South and the North were first announced.

Hyundai Asan’s office in Kumgang was reportedly vandalized this week. The South Korean company is responsible for managing the tourist area.

“The Mount Kumgang tour has improved inter-Korean reconciliation and has become an important place for inter-Korean exchange,” Hyundai Asan spokesman Park Sung-uk told CNN earlier.

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The world’s first floating hotel was built in Australia and ended up in Kumgang.

The Asan Hyundai Company

Additionally, North Korea began opening the famous Haegumgang Hotel in April. Once a luxury hotel floating on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the hotel was moved to Kumgang and opened to tourists in 2000.

The official also said that they are closely monitoring whether North Korea will demolish the Kumgang family reunion center and community center, adding that they cannot confirm this information.

Kumgang Resort, located about 30 minutes north of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), is jointly controlled by the two Koreas.

It stopped welcoming tourists in 2008 after a North Korean soldier shot and killed a South Korean woman who had wandered into the confines of the Mount Kumgang tourist area. an army.

However, separated families continued to reunite there until 2018.
Since then, the area has been derelict. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who visited Kumgang in 2019, called it “shabby” and “retired.”

North Korea has reportedly planned to replace all the buildings on Mount Kumgang with new ones, signaling that their government plans to manage and control the resort without help from its southern neighbor.

Jacopo Prisco gave the presentation.

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