South Korean workers visit border town Kaesong to renovate and set up liaison office with the North


The Kaesong Industrial Complex, which suspended operations since the previous South Korean government unilaterally closed it down in February 2006 over Pyongyang's nuclear test.
The Kaesong Industrial Complex, which suspended operations since the previous South Korean government unilaterally closed it down in February 2006 over Pyongyang's nuclear test.PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (XINHUA) - A team of South Korean workers visited Kaesong, a border town of North Korea, on Monday (July 2) to renovate facilities there as part of efforts to set up a joint liaison office with the North, according to Seoul's unification ministry.

The South Korean team of 26 workers crossed the military demarcation line dividing the two Koreas at 8.37am local time (7.37am Singapore time) to travel via the western land route to the North Korean border town.

The workers will do the maintenance works for facilities, including the inter-Korea exchange, cooperation offices, dormitories and supporting centres.

A South Korean advance team, led by Unification Vice-Minister Chun Hae-sun, visited Kaesong last month to conduct on-spot examinations over the inter-Korea industrial complex in Kaesong.

The maintenance works kicked off to implement the Panmunjom Declaration, which South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed after their first summit meeting on April 27 at the border village of Panmunjom.

Under the Panmunjom Declaration, the two leaders agreed to establish the joint liaison office in Kaesong.

The Kaesong Industrial Complex has suspended operations since the previous South Korean government unilaterally closed it down in February 2006 over Pyongyang's nuclear test the previous month.