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Inter-Korean talks and G20 tour to Gaeseong Complex offer glimpse of N. Korea's economic policy

Updated: 2013-12-20 (KST)
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The two Koreas met on Thursday for the first time since the North executed its second-in-command and key economic policymaker, Jang Song-thaek, last week.
It's the fourth round of inter-Korean discussions on the management of their jointly-run Gaeseong Industrial Complex.
On the agenda was easing the commute and custom procedures for South Korean workers crossing the border to the North as well as allowing the use of the Internet and mobile phones within the complex.
Another key issue was attracting foreign investors.
On the same day, North Korea welcomed a delegation of foreign officials from the Group of 20 nations to the joint business park.
Experts say Thursday's inter-Korean talks and visit by the G20 delegation offered a glimpse at North Korea's economic policy, and where the joint factory zone stands after Jang's execution.
As the country's key economic policymaker, Jang had been in charge of a handful of economic cooperation projects.
Meanwhile, former NBA star Dennis Rodman left for Pyongyang for the third time this year.
Experts say if Rodman meets with his North Korean friend Kim Jong-un again, it will signal the regime remains stable, at least for now.
Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News.


Reporter : ssung86@arirang.co.kr

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