S. Korean Ministry of Unification Accused of Failed Negotiations
Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)
Pyongyang, June 30 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Guidance Bureau of Special Zone for International Tour of Mt. Kumgang gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA Thursday as negotiations for settling the readjustment of properties including real estate inside the special zone proved abortive due to the obstructive moves of the south Korean puppet authorities.
Those concerned of the south side, as notified by the DPRK Guidance Bureau of Special Zone for International Tour of Mt. Kumgang, entered the Mt. Kumgang Resort on June 29 for the readjustment of properties including real estate inside the special zone.
But those concerned of non-governmental enterprises which have their properties in the mountain resort were just four and other 30 odd medium and small enterprises were barred from coming there by the south Korean puppet Ministry of Unification. Moreover, several "government" officials came to disturb the work with those concerned of enterprises.
Entering the resort, a section chief of the ministry and other officials took those concerned of non-governmental enterprises to other room, not the venue of negotiations. They kept the DPRK side from meeting with those concerned of non-governmental enterprises, insisting on having negotiations between the authorities of both sides. They threatened to go back unless the DPRK side has negotiations with them.
When the DPRK side stated it would clarify its stand in the presence of all those concerned of the south side, they categorically refused it. Finally, they hastily went back without notice, taking with them even those concerned of non-governmental enterprises on the instructions from Seoul.
The south Korean businessmen lost an opportunity to meet with those concerned of the DPRK side in the resort and were compelled to go back to south Korea under the pressure of the ministry officials.
It was brought to light that the ministry sent its officials to the resort along with some businessmen under the pressure of public opinion but the real purpose of their trip was not to "protect the right to properties" of south Korean enterprises but to disturb the readjustment of real estate and scuttle the international tour of the DPRK side at any cost.
Due to the rude behavior of the ministry, the DPRK side had no alternative but to convey as a notice its proposal for readjustment of properties to those concerned of enterprises of the south side including Hyundai Asan who are staying in the mountain resort.
In the notice the DPRK side said that all those who have properties in the resort are requested to come there by July 13 after studying the proposal and in case of those who fail to appear there by that time, the DPRK side will consider they quit their properties and take relevant legal steps.
The negotiations failed to take place entirely due to the deliberate obstructions on the part of puppet Ministry of Unification bossed by Hyon In Thaek, die-hard confrontation maniac.
Nevertheless, upon their return the ministry officials were so shameless as to spread misinformation.
The DPRK has shown all sincerity for the fair handling of the properties of the south Korean businessmen.
The south Korean authorities should stop at once the base moves to scuttle the international tour of Mt. Kumgang and allow enterprises of the south side to take active part in readjusting their properties in a reasonable way.
Otherwise, the south Korean businesses will suffer losses and the south Korean authorities will be held wholly responsible for them.
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