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Koreas hold talks on matters related to Kaesong Industrial Complex Updated: 2014-06-26 14:16:17 KST

Koreas hold talks on matters related to Kaesong Industrial Complex

For the first time in six months, officials from the two Koreas met for talks to discuss matters related to their jointly-run Kaesong Industrial Complex.
The quarterly meeting of the joint committee of the business park has been at a standstill since December last year, when inter-Korean relations soured following military drills between Seoul and Washington.
Departing for Kaesong on Thursday morning, the South Korean delegation said the meeting was an opportunity to review how far they've come with the normalization of the business park.

"As the meeting comes after a long time, it will serve as an opportunity to inspect the tasks of developing and normalizing the complex."
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Key issues up for discussion include the installment of Internet connection and the implementation of an electronic entry system to allow South Korean workers to commute freely in and out of the complex.
The Kaesong complex, which opened in the early 2000s, is one of the last remaining symbols of inter-Korean cooperation.
With some 50-thousand North Koreans working for more than 1-hundred-20 South Korean factories, operations at the complex are greatly influenced by the state of inter-Korean ties.
Last year, the factory zone sat idle for five months after North Korea unilaterally closed it down amid escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.
Some say Thursday's talks could be seen as a sign of Pyongyang's willingness to try and thaw the current icy relations between the two Koreas.
Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News.
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