July 11, 2008 / 7:25 AM / 10 years ago

South Korea suspends tourism to North Korean resort

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea will suspend tourism to the Mount Kumgang resort located in North Korea after a South Korean visitor was shot and killed there, a government official said on Friday.

The woman in her fifties entered a North Korean military area and was shot dead in an incident that took place before dawn on Friday, the official said at a news conference.

The first South Korean tourists visited Kumgang in November 1998. The fenced-off resort has hotels, stores, a golf course and a spa staffed by North Koreans.

There is also a heavy North Korean military presence in the area, which has been a key naval zone for the reclusive state.

Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Keiron Henderson

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