For the first time in six months, officials from the two Koreas met on Thursday, to discuss matters related to their jointly-run Kaesong Industrial Complex.
But the meeting ended without concrete results.
Key issues put forth by South Korea included the installment of Internet services and the implementation of an electronic entry system to allow South Korean workers to commute freely in and out of the complex.
However, North Korea wanted to discuss matters related to the wages of North Korean workers.
"We could not reach a conclusion on any special issue and had different agendas in mind. But we each clearly expressed our stances."
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South Korea proposed to hold their next meeting in August, but the North did not give a clear answer.
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.
With some 50-thousand North Koreans working for more than 1-hundred-20 South Korean factories, the Kaesong complex is seen as the last remaining symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.
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 had taken Thursday's talks as a sign of thawing inter-Korean ties, but it seems conditions on the peninsula will remain icy for now.
Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News.
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