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North, South Korea Resume Kaesong Talks

Kim Kiwoong (L), the head of South Korea's working-level delegation, and his North Korean counterpart Park Chol Su (R) attend their meeting at Kaesong Industrial District Management Committee in Kaesong, North Korea, July 15, 2013.
Kim Kiwoong (L), the head of South Korea's working-level delegation, and his North Korean counterpart Park Chol Su (R) attend their meeting at Kaesong Industrial District Management Committee in Kaesong, North Korea, July 15, 2013.
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Officials from the two Koreas are meeting for the third time this month to discuss how to restart a shuttered inter-Korean industrial park.

Seoul's Unification Ministry says Monday's talks are being held at the North Korean border town of Kaesong, where the factory complex is located.

In their previous talks, the two sides agreed on a desire to reopen the complex, but could not agree on how to proceed.

The Kaesong park has been closed since April, when North Korea pulled out its 53,000 workers as part of an angry response to international sanctions against its February nuclear test. South Korean businesses withdrew their manager and workers in early May.

Many analysts expect slow progress on the talks, as both sides have given indications they are far apart on a number of issues.

South Korean officials say they want assurances that operations at the complex will continue, even during future periods of heightened tension.

For its part, North Korea has failed to take responsibility for the closure of Kaesong, instead blaming unspecified South Korean provocation.

Although work at the center has been suspended before during times of heightened tensions, it had never been shut down completely since it was established in 2004.

The complex, which relies on South Korean know-how and cheap North Korean labor, was a key source of hard currency for the North's troubled economy.

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by: C S Radhakrishnan from: GOA
July 15, 2013 5:46 AM
Both the Koreas should try and settle their differences, and re-unite as early as possible.Sixty years of divided existence has not solved the problems of the divided families and close friends. They share a common History and Culture.If they look back to their collective past, they should find the solutions to all the vexed problems they face today.
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by: Ejmesq from: USA
July 15, 2013 4:14 PM
If South Korea and North Korea unified their country, then there would be no purpose for the US military occupation to continue on the Korean Peninsula. Ergo:

The US has spent 60 years unsuccessfully sanctioning North Korea and North Korea has backed the US and South Korea into the corner. . .because China absolutely need NK as a buffer and has maded its move, through North Korea and is readying to sell of enough of their US securities, at a discount and sink the US economy.

Manufacturing will then come back to the US as a anti-terrorist police state selling its citizen's cheap labor in a third world economy.

Unless you weren't watching, NK has the US by the nuclear nose and isn't letting go. The sanction game is over, Europe has collapsed and the US has been driven out of the middle east.

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