N.Korea scraps tourism deal with S.Korea

North Korea said Thursday it had scrapped a tourism deal with South Korea and would "freeze" some assets owned by Seoul at a mountain resort north of the border. The North, in a statement on its official news agency, also said it was expelling South Korean personnel from Mount Kumgang on its east coast. Pyongyang had threatened "extraordinary measures" unless the South agreed by April 1 to resume tours to the resort. The Seoul government suspended them in July 2008 after North Korean soldiers shot dead a visiting South Korean housewife. The North said it would allow an unspecified third party to take over the tours from South Korean firm Hyundai Asan. It also vowed to "reevaluate" its joint industrial park with South Korea with Kaesong unless relations improve.

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