SEOUL, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) allowed South Korean lawmakers to visit the reopened joint industrial park in DPRK's border town of Kaesong on Oct. 30, Seoul's Unification Ministry said Thursday.
"Around 9 a.m., the North (DPRK) notified us of its approval ( to lawmakers' travel to the industrial zone) through the joint management committee secretariat," an official at the Ministry of Unification said by phone, declining to be identified for customary anonymity.
The official noted that detailed schedules and a list of lawmakers who will be allowed to visit the factory park are yet to be decided.
It would mark the first time that South Korean lawmakers travel to the Kaesong industrial complex during the parliamentary session of auditing government offices that will run through Nov. 2.
South Korean lawmakers of the parliamentary foreign affairs and unification committee asked the ministry on Oct. 14 to permit their travel to the Kaesong factory park. 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 session ends, to check business conditions and listen directly from workers of 123 South Korean companies that run factories in the complex.
Among the 123 companies, a total of 118 firms restarted factory operations at the Kaesong complex after a five-month-long hiatus, but many firms have complained about loss of orders and lack of operating capital.
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