Friday, May 3, 2013

 

Last seven South Koreans back from Kaesong


SEOUL,-- The last seven South Koreans arrived at the customs, immigration and quarantine office in South Korea's border city Paju Friday, marking the complete pullout of South Koreans in the Kaesong Industrial Complex in the Democratic People 's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
A vehicle carrying the last seven South Koreans arrive at a border checkpoint in Paju, South Korea, on May 3, 2013, after returning from Kaesong Industrial Complex. The last seven South Koreans arrived at the customs, immigration and quarantine office in South Korea's border city Paju Friday, marking the complete pullout of South Koreans in the Kaesong Industrial Complex in the Democratic People 's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Kaesong Industrial District Management Committee chairman Hong Yang-ho, one of the seven persons, entered the South Korean territory at around 6:43 p.m. after reaching a settlement on the payment of outstanding wages and other tax issues with the DPRK side, the local media reported.

Hong Yang-ho told reporters that he hoped the operation of the Kaesong Industrial Complex would return to normal through dialogue, but he declined to tell any details about the settlement and future plan.

The South Korean government has taken a variety of support measures, including provide 300 billion won (273 million U.S. dollars) in emergency operating funds to the 123 South Korean companies at the Kaesong industrial park.

A Spokesman of the South Korean Unification Ministry on Wednesday urged the DPRK to normalize operation of the Kaesong industrial park and emphasized that Seoul keeps its door open for dialogue with Pyongyang.

The Kaesong Industrial Complex, as the last symbol between inter-Korean cooperation, is suffering the most serious crisis since it opened in 2004.

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