Kim proposes talks on destroying South Korean hotel

Kim proposes talks on destroying South Korean hotel

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

South Korea says North Korea formally proposed talks over the possible demolition of South Korean-made hotels and other tourist facilities at the North's Diamond Mountain resort, which leader Kim Jong Un called "shabby" and "unpleasant-looking."

The North has expressed frustration that the South won't defy international sanctions and resume South Korean tours at the site.

Seoul's Unification Ministry said Friday it received a letter from the North proposing discussions on the issue through exchanges of documents.

Tours to Diamond Mountain were a major symbol of cooperation between the Koreas and valuable cash source for the North's broken economy before the South suspended them in 2008 after a North Korean guard shot and killed a South Korean tourist.