S. Korea rejects 'incomprehensible' North demands
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea on Monday dismissed an "incomprehensible" list of North Korean demands for reviving suspended operations at a jointly-run industrial park.
The Kaesong Industrial Complex, opened north of the border in 2004 as a rare symbol of cooperation, has been shut indefinitely with the withdrawal of all North and South Korean workers amid soaring military tensions.
On Sunday, the North's National Defense Commission led by leader Kim Jong Un said re-starting the complex would require the South to cease all "hostile acts and military provocations." It cited preparations for a joint South Korea-US military drill scheduled for August, as well as activists and defectors who use balloons to send anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border.
"The North's demand, as you probably know, is completely incomprehensible and unfair," said Mr Kim Hyung Seok, spokesman for Seoul's Unification Ministry which handles inter-Korean affairs.