The historic North Korea-U.S. summit has led to increased hopes for the reopening of the Kaesong Industrial Complex, which has been collecting dust since February 2016.
The agreement signed in late April by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to establish new bilateral relations and to make joint efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula, could eventually lead to eased international sanctions on Pyongyang.
There are also pundits who forecast the official end of the Korean War could be declared on July 27th, the day when the Korean War Armistice Agreement was signed in 1953, or at the UN General Assembly in September.
The South Korean companies argue they need to inspect their factories in Kaesong to prepare for a possible lifting of international sanctions on the regime as well as the reopening of the complex.
"We must prepare for the resumption of the Kaesong Industrial Complex."
Experts also point to the successful operation of the complex as the basis for inter-Korean economic cooperation.
"Reopening the Kaesong Industrial Complex is necessary because we already have the infrastructure, and it would not cost us additional time or money."
Referring to their unanswered requests to visit the complex, the South Korean companies are urging the government to show more commitment toward reopening the factory park and to be fully prepared for any future developments.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.