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South Koreans head to Kaesong talks

Sunday, September 01, 2013 - 00:26

Sept. 2 - A South Korean delegation heads off for the first meeting of a new joint body on the closed Kaesong Industrial Complex. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION A South Korean delegation left Seoul for Kaesong on Monday (September 2) to attend the first meeting of the newly formed joint committee on Kaesong Industrial Complex with North Korea, around two weeks after the two sides agreed to reopen the complex. The date for the reopening of the industrial park is expected to be discussed at the meeting. North and South Korea signed an agreement on forming a joint committee to run the Kaesong Industrial Complex on Thursday (August 29), the South Korean Unification Ministry said. Seoul's Yonhap news agency reported that in the past, North Korea's General Bureau for Central Guidance to the Development of the Special Zone ran the Kaesong Complex, but the newly formed committee will give Seoul an equal say in decision-making. The committee plans to hold a regular meeting once every quarter. On August 14, the two Koreas agreed to resume operations at their troubled joint industrial park after a series of talks on the fate of the rivals' last symbol of economic cooperation. In April, Pyongyang pulled its 53,000 workers out of the park at the height of nuclear tensions between the two sides, as it threatened the United States and the South with missile attacks. Since it opened in 2004, the Kaesong Industrial Complex has generated about 90 million U.S. dollars annually in wages, paid directly to the North's state agency that manages the zone.

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South Koreans head to Kaesong talks

Sunday, September 01, 2013 - 00:26