SEOUL, Oct. 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's unification ministry on Sunday unveiled details about the money it spent on renovating the inter-Korean liaison office in the North's border city of Kaesong amid criticism that it set aside too much money for the work.
The ministry sent to the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs and unification a document containing the details of the costs for the office launched Sept. 14 as a communication platform for cross-border cooperation and exchanges.
Of the total expenditures amounting to 9.78 billion won (US$8.56 million), the cost for renovation materials, including construction equipment and pipes, was tallied at 3.49 billion won, while the labor cost amounted to 2.58 billion won.
The costs for materials to construct the office's main building, accommodation facility and other amenities were 1.22 billion won, 570 million won and 560 million won, respectively, the ministry said.
Despite its purpose of enhancing inter-Korean relations, the construction of the liaison office has triggered controversy as critics argue that its operations require the transportation of banned items, such as oil, which could lead to a violation of international sanctions.
Source: Yonhap News Agency