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DPRK has yet to decide on S. Korean lawmakers' visit to Kaesong: ministry

English.news.cn   2013-10-21 15:54:50            

SEOUL, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has yet to decide on whether to allow South Korean lawmakers to visit the reopened industrial park in the DPRK's border town of Kaesong, Seoul's Unification Ministry said Monday.

South Korean lawmakers of the parliamentary foreign affairs and unification committee asked the ministry on Oct. 14 to permit their travel to the Kaesong industrial complex. The ministry passed the request on to the DPRK two days later.

The lawmakers wanted to make an on-site inspection into the restarted factory park on Oct. 30, three days before the 20-day parliamentary audit of government offices ends, to listen directly from workers of 123 South Korean companies that run factories in the complex.

"We notified the North (DPRK) of our stance through the joint management committee secretariat, and the North was heard to have reported it to the superior office," Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Eui-do told reporters at a press briefing.

Kim said that Pyongyang had yet to give its response to Seoul' s request until now, saying that negotiations on the issue have been still under way.

Meanwhile, discussions on subcommittee meetings, which cover communications, customs and travel to and from Kaesong, have been under way, but nothing has been decided yet, Kim said.

The two Koreas agreed to discuss the introduction of an electronic system to control passage of businessmen to and from Kaesong along with the usage of mobile phones and the Internet connectivity within the factory park.

Those were cited as conditions to develop the industrial zone into the one complying with international standards and boost foreign investment. Seoul canceled the investor relations (IR) session for the factory park, slated for Oct. 31, due to lack of cooperation from the DPRK on the issues.

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