SEOUL, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Wednesday held meetings of two subcommittees in charge of asset protection and global competitiveness for the joint industrial complex in the DPRK's border town of Kaesong.
"As to the Kaesong industrial complex, two subcommittees for investment protection and global competitiveness are holding meetings in Kaesong," Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Hyung- seok told a press briefing.
On Thursday, the two Koreas planned to hold another meeting for two other subcommittees in charge of passage, communications and customs, Kim said, noting that the second meeting of the joint management committee for the Kaesong industrial park will be held next Tuesday based on the results of the two-day negotiations.
Seoul and Pyongyang agreed in principle to normalize the inter- Korean factory park in mid-August, but they had yet to agree on when to reopen it fully and how to manage it.
The Kaesong industrial zone, where 123 South Korean companies run factories, has been suspended for around five months after the DPRK withdrew all of its workers from the park in early April.
The two Koreas agreed to set up the joint committee to run the factory park last Thursday. The committee was expected to give an equal say on the management of the Kaesong park, which had been run solely by the DPRK's General Bureau for Guidance to Central Special Economic Zone.
Spokesman Kim said that military hotlines should be recovered to normalize operations of the joint industrial zone, reiterating its stance on conditions for the normalization.
Pyongyang has stuck to its stance of normalizing the operation as fast as possible.