SEOUL, July 3 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) allowed South Korean businessmen running factories at the Kaesong industrial complex to visit the suspended industrial zone in a bid to help them take emergency measures during the rainy season, South Korea's unification ministry said Wednesday.
"In the letter, the North side (DPRK) said it will allow businessmen concerned to visit the complex in order to help them take emergency measures related to (possible) damages on facilities and materials during the rainy season," spokesman's office at the ministry of unification said in an e-mailed statement.
Pyongyang sent the official letter at 5 p.m. local time through fixed-line communication at the truce village of Panmunjeom, according to the ministry. The DPRK said through the letter that if the planned visiting date is noticed, it will take necessary steps linked to passage and communications.
Officials at the Kaesong Industrial Complex Management Committee will also be permitted to visit the industrial zone, the DPRK said, noting that it can take necessary consultations with them during their visit to Kaesong.
S. Korean companies demand relocation of facilities in Kaesong complex
SEOUL, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Some South Korean companies running factories in Kaesong Industrial Complex asked the government on Wednesday to take steps to relocate facilities back to Seoul or other foreign countries.
"We repeatedly demanded the least number of personnel visit Kaesong to maintain and repair facilities invested. But, both the North and the South didn't accept our demand, so we made such decision (relocation of facilities)," Kim Hak-gwon, co-chair of emergency committee that speaks for 46 machinery and electronic parts companies at Kaesong, told reporters. Full story