South Korean lawmakers make rare visit to Gaeseong Complex
A 21-member delegation from the National Assembly's Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee made a rare visit to the Gaeseong Industrial Complex on Wednesday.
The trip marks the first time lawmakers have visited the joint business park under the Park Geun-hye administration, and was part of the parliament's ongoing annual audit of the government.
It was a full day that included a briefing on the current state of the complex, a tour of the factories and facilities as well as a meeting with South Korean businessmen with operations there.
Upon returning, the lawmakers said the trip was very productive.
"There were many practical and useful discussions when we got a chance to chat with the resident companies in Gaeseong. All the information will be discussed at the two-day parliamentary audit starting tomorrow, and we will hold additional discussions on issues that require additional review."
Operations at Gaeseong came to a halt in April, when North Korea pulled all of its workers out amid an escalation in inter-Korean tensions.
The factories began running again in September after Pyongyang promised to prevent future unilateral closures following a series of talks between the two Koreas.
Noting the significance of the Gaeseong Complex in inter-Korean relations, the lawmakers pledged to cooperate on issues regarding the normalization of the industrial zone, sparking hope for progress on Seoul's efforts to revitalize the business park.
Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News.
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