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N Korea at crossroads

Kim Jong Un's year-end 'deadline' makes South Korea sweat

North Korea turns aggressive as it seeks new dialogue proposals from US

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversees a super-large multiple launch rocket system test last week. (KCNA/Kyodo)

SEOUL -- North Korea last week ordered the South to remove all its "unsightly" buildings from the Kumgang Mountain resort, a scenic area on the country's east coast that was once the site of a cooperative venture between the two Koreas.

While Pyongyang says it plans to set up its own tourist venture there, South Korean media reports suggest a different motive: turning the site back to its previous use as a naval base.

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