South Korean Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae attends a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, April 26, 2013. The South Korean government advised all its employees to leave Kaesong Industrial Complex, Ryoo Kihl-jae said in a statement. (Xinhua/Park Jin-hee)
SEOUL, April 26 (Xinhua) -- The South Korean government advised all its employees to leave Kaesong Industrial Complex, Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae said in a statement.
"We have no choice but to ask all our workers to withdraw from Kaesong Industrial Complex in order to protect our people's safety since Pyongyang rejected our working-level talks offer," according to the statement.
Ryoon said the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) must guarantee that South Korean employees leave Kaesong safely and protect the property of South Korean firms in Kaesong Industrial Complex under agreement reached between DPRK and South Korea.
"South Korea will continue to provide government support to keep South Korean firms' normal move in the Kaesong Industrial Complex," he added.
The statement came a few hours after the DPRK rejected South Korea government's proposal for working-level talks over Kaesong issues.
The operations of 123 South Korean companies in Kaesong Industrial Complex have been halted for more than two weeks since April 9 when Pyongyang pulled out 53,000 DPRK workers from the industrial zone. Until now there are still 175 workers in the Kaesong Industrial Complex.
South Korea's Unification Ministry Thursday set a deadline talks offer about the Kaesong Industrial Complex to DPRK. However, it was rejected on Friday.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday expressed hopes that operations at the Kaesong Industrial Complex in the DPRK could return to normal "as soon as possible through dialogue."
The inter-Korean industrial zone, launched in late 2004 under the joint management of South Korea and DPRK, has been one of the key symbols of economic cooperation between the two countries.
PYONGYANG, April 26 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Friday that it would take decisive action should South Korea aggravate the situation regarding the Kaesong joint industrial zone.
The DPRK's National Defence Commission (NDC) made the warning in a statement carried by the official KCNA new agency, apparently in response to Seoul's formal proposal Thursday for substantive dialogues on the Kaesong issue.Full story
SEOUL, April 26 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Friday rejected South Korea's talks offer on Kaesong industrial complex and warned if South Korea continue to make situation worse it could take significant and ultimate measures first, Yonhap News Agency reported. Full story
SEOUL, April 25 (Xinhua) --South Korea's unification ministry proposed on Thursday to hold a working-level talk with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) over the Kaesong industrial park.
"We make an official offer to the DPRK to hold a working-level talk and provide humanitarian aid to South Korean workers in Kaesong complex. DPRK should reply to our offer until April 26 morning," the ministry said in a formal statement on Thursday. Full story
PYONGYANG, April 18 (Xinhua) -- The powerful defense commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Thursday urged Washington and Seoul to stop provocations, part of conditions laid out by Pyongyang for restoring talks amid tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Full story