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China, South Korea weigh in on regional tensions

Wednesday, April 03, 2013 - 01:22

April 3 - Chinese and South Korean officials comment on rising tensions in the Korean Peninsula as North blocks workers from entering and exiting shared industrial zone. Jessica Gray reports.

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Two U.S. F-22 stealth fighters prepare to takeoff at this South Korean base and return to Japan. The latest show of force against North Korea as tensions with its South neighbour rise ever higher. Earlier this week the North announced it had plans to reopen all of its nuclear facilities after it was targeted by further sanctions. It also blocked South Korean workers from entering a joint industrial zone along the shared border - a project inaugurated in 2000 as part of efforts to improve ties between the two Koreas. Some 800 South Korean factory managers and workers still remain in the zone. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN UNIFICATION MINISTRY SPOKESMAN KIM HYUNG-SEOK SAYING: "This morning, North Korea has informed us that it will suspend entry (of South Korean workers), but allow them to depart (from North Korea). Our government regrets that today's situation, that the transit to the Kaesong industrial zone, was not normal." Meanwhile, the North's ally China weighed in on the situation, expressing "serious concern" for the deteriorating ties and calling for the reconciliation between the two sides. Tensions first started to rise in February following a North Korea nuclear rocket test denounced by Western powers. Recent threats against American bases froze relations further and prompted the U.S. to beef up its presence regionally.

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China, South Korea weigh in on regional tensions

Wednesday, April 03, 2013 - 01:22