Seoul’s Unification Ministry says the destruction of the building happened in the North Korean border town of Kaesong.
For the first time since the new disease was detected there in mid-February, South Korea reports zero new infections.
The blaze erupted early in the afternoon and hundreds of firefighters took several hours to put it out. An official from a fire department said 25 workers were pronounced dead at hospitals and the bodies of 11 others were recovered at the site.
A survey conducted by Gallup Korea last week showed that 72 percent of respondents said they were not worried, and a high turnout is expected after 11.7 million people, including President Moon Jae-in, voted early over the weekend.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that US President Donald Trump’s recent letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was a good sign that underscores his commitment to negotiations, as well.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Moon Jae-in and Chinese leaders pledged to deepen cooperation at a trilateral summit in China's southwest city of Chengdu.
South Korea's Supreme Court also ordered a new trial for Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong, who was convicted of offences including bribery and embezzlement in connection with the scandal that brought down former president Park Geun-hye.
Kim Jong-Un and President Moon Jae-in held their first meeting on April 27 last year in the Demilitarised Zone.
A year ago North Korea's Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in declared an end to the Korean War, which has spanned almost seven decades. Seoul will be marking that anniversary this week, but Pyongyang may not take part.
Young people in South Korea have increasingly adopted an apathetic attitude towards the North while the older generation longs for peace.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping held a summit this week that reasserted China's role in the denuclearisation process ahead of an expected second summit between Kim and his US counterpart Donald Trump
2018 marked a year of breakthrough diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula as Seoul and Pyongyang strode forward together to ease military tensions and pursue joint economic projects. The peace may still be fragile, but South Koreans are optimistic.
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