Kim Jong-Un, the Supreme Leader of North Korea ordered the demolition of all hotels and other buildings that were constructed by South Korea at a famous tourist site.
Kim described the complex at Mount Kumgang in the North as being built “like makeshift tents in a disaster-stricken area”.
The resort was once hailed as a symbol of inter-Korean cooperation. But after visiting the site, Mr Kim said it would be better off being managed without involvement from Seoul.
The Mount Kumgang resort, in eastern North Korea, was built in the 1990s by South Korean companies on one of the peninsula’s most scenic mountains.
Hundreds of thousands of Southern tourists were allowed to visit the site under strict controls but tours were abruptly suspended in 2008 after a female tourist was shot dead by a North Korean guard.
In 2011 the North seized South Korean assets at the complex and expelled the remaining Southern officials.
North Korea’s official news agency KCNA said that Kim had visited the resort and declared buildings “shabby” and “just a hotchpotch with no national character at all”.
“He instructed to remove all the unpleasant-looking facilities of the South side and to build new modern service facilities our own way.”
The tensions between the two Korean countries are high mostly due to low-level military exercises that South Korea carries out with the United States, which North Korea sees as a threat.