ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION South Korean businessmen and workers crossed the border into North Korea on Monday (September 16) to reopen the jointly-run Kaesong industrial park which has been suspended since April. Last Wednesday (September 11), North and South Korea agreed to re-open the industrial park on a trial basis starting September 16. The South Korean Unification Ministry which is responsible for handling inter-Korean relations for the South said 820 people and 556 vehicles left the transit office at the border for Kaesong. Before leaving for Kaesong, South Korean businessmen from the Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation Promotion Committee presented flowers to Kaesong businessmen in celebration of the reopening. Pyongyang appears to have softened its tone after threatening Seoul with retaliatory nuclear attacks earlier this year for what it termed "provocative" joint military exercises with the United States. The industrial zone is located a few kilometres inside North Korea and was closed when Pyongyang pulled out its 53,000 workers in April amid rising tensions.
Sept. 16 - The Kaesong industrial complex run jointly by North and South Korea reopens after more than four months. Rough cut - no reporter narration. ( Transcript )
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