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Two Koreas resume talks on Kaesong industrial park

Published on Jun 26, 2014 10:07 AM
A South Korean military policeman stands at a bridge leading to Kaesong, at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea, in Paju early on July 7, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - North and South Korea resumed talks on Thursday on managing their Kaesong joint industrial zone, after a six-month hiatus caused by rising tensions between Pyongyang and Seoul.

The two Koreas set up a joint committee to run Kaesong after the zone shut down completely in April for five months as military tensions on the Korean peninsula surged to dangerous levels. After it reopened, both sides agreed that the new committee should meet at least once every quarter, irrespective of the current state of inter-Korean tensions.

Since its last meeting on December 19, however, the joint committee has sat idle as tensions rose again with North Korea's angry protests over the South's annual military exercises with the United States.

South Korea's chief delegate Lee Kang Woo welcomed the resumption of discussions as he left Seoul for Kaesong on Thursday. "As the meeting comes after a long time, it serves as an opportunity to inspect the tasks of developing and normalising the complex," Mr Lee said.

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