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Koreas Agree to Resume Talks on Industrial Park

August 7, 2013

South Korea on Wednesday agreed to resume talks with the North for the reopening of a joint industrial complex shut down four months ago due to heightened tensions on the peninsula, a Unification Ministry spokesman said.

The talks to be held on August 14 would be the seventh round of negotiations between the two Koreas since operations were halted at the Kaesong industrial complex in April, according to the Yonhap News Agency.

"We hope the North will engage in dialogue in an earnest manner that can contribute to the constructive growth of the complex," ministry spokesman Kim Hyung-Suk said.

The complex located about 10 kilometres north of the border provides jobs and foreign exchange to the North, and cheap labour to southern industries.

It was closed when Pyongyang pulled out all its 53,000 workers. The last group of about 800 South Korean managers left the zone on May 3.

In its latest offer for talks, Pyongyang called on the two sides to work together to prevent a repeat of the suspension in April. It also offered safe passage to all South Koreans entering the complex and their property, Yonhap reported.

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