Koreas begin talks on reopening joint factory park

July 9, 2013 • Business

South Koreans stand near signs reading “Departure, [auth] Kaesong” at the Inter-Korean Transit Office near the border village of Panmunjom, that has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. South Korea’s working-level delegation left for North Korea’s city Kaesong to discuss reopening of a stalled jointly run factory park in follow-up talks. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Government officials from North and South Korea are meeting in a North Korean border town to discuss how to restart a factory complex they ran until it was shut down in April.

The shutdown at the park just over the heavily armed border came during high tensions that followed Pyongyang’s February nuclear test. North and South Korea agreed over the weekend on a desire to restart work there and are now discussing details about how to do that.

The complex at Kaesong combines South Korean knowhow and cheap North Korean labor. It was the countries’ last remaining major cooperation project.

Representatives of South Korean factories at Kaesong also went to the complex Wednesday to inspect factory equipment during the rainy season.

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