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S. Korea open to consultations with N. Korea over Mount Kumgang facilities, Cheong Wa Dae says

11:40 October 23, 2019

SEOUL, Oct. 23 (Yonhap) -- Cheong Wa Dae said Wednesday that South Korea will scrutinize North Korea's position in connection with the suspended joint Mount Kumgang tour program and have relevant consultations, if necessary.

What should be done first is to "clearly analyze what position North Korea has and its plan," a Cheong Wa Dae official told reporters.

Earlier in the day, Pyongyang's state media reported leader Kim Jong-un's visit to the tourist zone along the east coast, where South Korea-funded hotels and other facilities are located.

Kim ordered the elimination of all the "unpleasant-looking facilities of the south side" with an agreement with the related authorities of the two Koreas and the construction of "new modern" ones peculiar to North Korea, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

The Cheong Wa Dae official said, "If there's any chance to have consultations, we will do so."

Asked if other issues like the cross-border spread of African swine fever could be discussed, the official said it's premature to talk about possible agenda items with no schedule set for inter-Korean consultations.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) talks with an official during his visit to Mount Kumgang on the east coast, in this photo released by the state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Oct. 23, 2019. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

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