SEOUL, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- South Korea on Wednesday urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to repeal its previous decision to confiscate and freeze assets in Mount Kumgang that were invested with South Korean money.
"During the past Red Cross working-level contacts, the issue was raised (by South Korea) that it is not fair (for the DPRK) to confiscate and freeze our assets (in Mount Kumgang)," Unification Ministry's spokeswoman Park Soo-jin told a press briefing.
Seoul and Pyongyang held the Red Cross dialogue last Friday, agreeing to hold reunion of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War for six days from Sept. 25 in Mount Kumgang.
South Korea's advance team crossed the demarcation line on Wednesday morning to check the reunion center and hotels at the scenic mountain resort. The team was composed of power and communication technicians and officials from Hyundai Asan Corp, the operator of the Mount Kumgang resort.
Facilities in Mount Kumgang, including the reunion center built with South Korean money, were confiscated and frozen by Pyongyang in April 2010. Tour to the Mount Kumgang resort was halted in 2008 when a South Korean female tourist was shot dead by a DPRK soldier after apparently venturing into an off-limit area.
Park said that South Korea will continue to consult with the DPRK under the stance that the unfair action should be rescinded and facilities should be recovered immediately.
The spokeswoman, meanwhile, reiterated Seoul's position that the family reunion should be addressed separately with the resumption of the Mount Kumgang tour.
South Korea offered on Tuesday to the DPRK to hold working- level dialogue on restarting the Mount Kumgang tour on Oct. 2, a week later than the date Seoul suggested earlier. Pyongyang demanded holding the talks in late August or in early September.