Two Koreas hold fresh talks on Kaesong park as drill looms
SEOUL (AFP) - The two Koreas held fresh talks Wednesday on reopening a joint industrial park, ahead of South Korea-US military exercises next week that the North says are a rehearsal for war.
The two sides have already met for six rounds of fruitless discussions on the future of the park in Kaesong, which was effectively shut down by North Korea in April as military tensions soared on the divided peninsula.
With South Korea kicking off the annual military drill with the United States on Monday, the result of the latest negotiations could determine whether the peninsula is sucked into another dangerous cycle of escalating hostilities.
"We feel a tremendous responsibility going to the talks today," the South's chief delegate Kim Ki Woong said before leaving Seoul for Kaesong, which lies 10km inside the North Korean border.