The Governor of South Korea's Gangwon-do Province, is calling for international efforts, especially from the U.S., to resume South Korean tours to the Mount Geumgang in North Korea.
At a press conference Monday, Choi Moon-soon said he visited Washington last week and delivered a letter to Vice President Mike Pence.
He said he also met with government officials and lawmakers there.
The governor admitted his province faced economic difficulties since the tours came to a halt in 2008.
Choi asked Washington to help out in resuming the tours, and if that's not possible, then at least those to Wonsan tourist district.
He also proposed forming a tourism zone that connects the eastern mountains of South and North Korea.