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Seoul calls for talks with North to reopen key Kaesong plant

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Seoul calls for talks with North to reopen key Kaesong plant

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South Korea has requested working-level talks with the North on reopening the jointly-run Kaesong industrial zone.

Manufacturing at the complex was halted in April as tensions between the neighbours increased.

The industrial park is a rare example of North South cooperation:

Kim Hyung-suk from the South Korean Unification Ministry said:

“ Now we can begin a process of checking the equipment at Kaesong and discuss the movement of materials and hopefully normalise operations at the Kaesong plant.”

The complex is a major source of income for both countries, it is particularly important for the cash-strapped North with as many 53,000 North Koreans employed
on site.

The South wants the talks to take place on Sunday, the North has yet to respond.