Two Koreas agree to open Kaesong zone next week
SEOUL (AFP) - North and South Korea agreed on Wednesday to reopen their Kaesong joint industrial park next week, five months after it was shut during soaring military tensions.
Following a marathon negotiation session, the two sides set a date of Sept 16 for restarting the shuttered complex, the South's Unification Ministry said.
South Korean firms in Kaesong, which lies 10km over the border in North Korea, will be allowed to resume operations after a trial run on Monday, the ministry said.
The agreement came at a second round of talks between the two Koreas in a newly created Kaesong joint committee that began Tuesday morning and stretched through the night.