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North and South Korea resume talks over Kaesong complex

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North and South Korea resume talks over Kaesong complex


North and South Korea have resumed talks at restarting operations at the joint Kaesong factory park which has been shut down for more than four months.

Officials from both sides are meeting for a seventh time – the previous six sessions failed over who was responsible for the current closure.

Kaesong lies just inside North Korea and is home to 123 South Korean factories which employ thousands of North Koreans.

Sung-suk, vice-president of the Association of Companies at the Kaesong Industrial Complex said:

“If only today’s talks could accomplish an agreement, we business people will try hard to create a Kaesong Industrial Complex that meets international business standards.”

Pyongyang withdrew its workers in April after being angered by United Nations sanctions.

Forthcoming joint military exercises between the US and the South could scupper any hope of progress.

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