Will the UN chief's visit to the Kaesong Industrial Complex bring peace to the Korean Peninsula?
At a press conference in the South Korean city of Songdo, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon revealed plans for a day trip to the joint economic zone on Thursday.
"I reiterate my willingness to do whatever it takes to contribute to improving inter-Korean relations and promoting reconciliation and stability on the Korean Peninsula."
While there, he will meet with some of the 54-thousand North Koreans who work at 1-hundred-24 South Korean factories at the complex, which is practically the last remaining form of inter-Korean cooperation.
"The Kaesong project is a win-win model for both Koreas. It symbolizes a good way to tap the advantages of the Koreas in a complementary manner."
Ban will not only be the first UN chief to visit the Kaesong complex, but the first to cross through the demilitarized zone in 20 years.
What's more is the trip comes amid heightened tensions in the region following North Korea's test-firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile and an ongoing wage dispute at the factory zone.
As UN chief, Ban has repeatedly expressed hopes to contribute to the improvement of inter-Korean ties by visiting North Korea, but some say this trip could eventually lead to a future visit to Pyongyang.
Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News.