North Korea threatens to close jointly-run Kaesong industrial park

North Korea threatens to close jointly-run industrial park
Factory complex is the last major symbol of co-operation with South Korea

30 Mar 2013 12:49

By Natalie Evans

The Daily Mirror

Rogue state North Korea is threatening to shut down an industrial development inside its borders which is also used by South Korea.

The Kaesong factory complex is the last major symbol of inter-Korean co-operation.

But a spokesman for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s office controlling the complex said today it would close the factory park just across the border in North Korea if Seoul continued to undermine its dignity.

Communist leaders in Pyongyang expressed anger over media reports which said the factory remained open because it is a  source of hard currency for the north.

“If the puppet traitor group continues to mention the fact Kaesong industrial zone is being kept operating and damages our dignity, it will be mercilessly shut off and shut down,” the North’s KCNA news agency quoted an agency that operates the factory park just miles north of the rivals’ armed border as saying.

North Korea has previously made such threats, and today’s warning is part of a torrent of bellicose rhetoric in recent weeks. North Korea is angry about annual South Korea-US military drills and UN sanctions over its nuclear test last month and has even issued a “declaration of war” against its’ neighbour.

Business has been operating normally at Kaesong despite the rising animosity between the Koreas.


Click here for full article in the Daily Mirror along with photos of Kim Jong-Un inspecting the troops


Related article from March, 2012:

S Korea Eases Restrictions on Kaesong Industrial Park, North Korea


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