The Premier also said during a visit to the area that Pyongyang wanted to turn it into a “cultural resort envied by the whole world” and a “modern and all-inclusive international tourist resort”.
The Mount Kumgang complex was once one of the two biggest inter-Korean projects.
But the murder of a female South Korean tourist in a bloody shooting saw tours to the outpost stopped by worried officials in Seoul.
North Korea later claimed the dead woman, Park Wang-na, had strayed into a military zone after ignoring warning shots from its guards.
The reclusive North has long wanted to resume the lucrative visits, but they would violate international sanctions imposed on Pyongyang over its nuclear and ballistic weapons programs.
“The Kim regime will struggle to find the resources to redevelop Mount Kumgang and needs outside investment, but is signalling it will downgrade South Korean partners and stakeholders,” said Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul.
“By holding Seoul’s hopes for engagement at risk, Kim is pressuring the Moon administration (led by South Korean President Moon Jae-in) to find ways of resuming financial benefits for the North.”
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission