Military drill looms large over Wed's inter-Korea talks
SEOUL (AFP) - North and South Korea will hold a seventh round of talks on Wednesday on reopening their joint industrial park in Kaesong, with a lot more than the future of the complex riding on the outcome.
With South Korea kicking off a military exercise with the United States next week, the result of the negotiations could determine whether the peninsula is sucked into another dangerous cycle of escalating tensions.
Similar joint exercises earlier this year were cited by Pyongyang as the main factor behind its decision in early April to effectively shut down the Kaesong industrial zone.
The North initially barred access to the park, which lies 10 km inside the North Korean border, and then withdrew its 53,000-strong workforce that keeps the 123 South Korean firms in Kaesong running.