Inter-Korean industrial zone reopens after five months
PAJU, South Korea (AFP) - South Korean businessmen crossed into North Korea on Monday as the joint Kaesong industrial zone reopened five months after it was closed by soaring military tensions and threats of war.
The highly symbolic outcome of recent efforts to improve inter-Korean relations saw dozens of cars, trucks and factory managers cross the border shortly after 8.30am (7.30am Singapore time).
"I wish we could work together well again, just like before," said the 50-year-old manager of a Seoul textile company who declined to be named.
The optimistic mood at the Kaesong border checkpoint contrasted sharply with the sense of impending disaster that had loomed over the closure of Kaesong back in April.