The Straits Times
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Published on Dec 14, 2012
 

Unification Church quits auto venture with N. Korea

 
 

SEOUL (AP) - An automaker owned by South Korea's Unification Church says it's quitting its joint venture with North Korea.

Pyeonghwa Motors general manager Roh Byoung Chun said on Friday that Pyeonghwa will sell its 70 per cent stake in the 11-year-old joint venture to the North Korean government.

He didn't give a specific reason for the decision but said Pyeonghwa will also close a hotel it has in Pyongyang and try to enter a new business such as retailing.

The auto-making venture is among a number of businesses that the Unification Church has in authoritarian North Korea where very few foreign companies operate.