Pyongyang gives S. Koreans 72 hours to leave joint resort

August 22, 2011 05:08


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SEOUL - Reclusive North Korea on Monday gave South Koreans working at a jointly run tourism resort 72 hours to leave, saying time had run out to resolve a dispute over what was once a symbol of cooperation between the rival Koreas.

The Mount Kumgang resort had been closed since a North Korean soldier shot a South Korean tourist there in 2008, drying up a lucrative source of hard currency for the North.

After months of threats and counter-threats from both sides, Pyongyang said it would now "legally dispose" of South Korean assets from the resort after Seoul failed to meet Friday's final deadline to agree on asset disposal.

Fourteen South Koreans were listed as being at the east coast resort as of Monday, South Korea's Unification Ministry website said.

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