Kaesong industrial complex

North and South Korea seek better ties at rare high-level talks

Head of the North Korean delegation Won Tong Yon crosses the border separating the two Koreas at the truce village of Panmunjom. Photo: AFP

Pyongyang and Seoul held their first high-level talks in seven years on their fortified border on Wednesday, exploring ways to improve ties while the South and the United States geared up for military exercises that have angered the North.

Wednesday, 12 February, 2014, 10:09pm

Two Koreas agree to reopen Kaesong industrial park

South Korean delegates (right) shake hands with their North Korean counterparts at a meeting at Kaesong Industrial District Management Committee in Kaesong, North Korea, on Wednesday. Photo: AP

North and South Korea agreed on Wednesday to reopen their Kaesong joint industrial park next week, five months after it was shut during soaring military tensions. Following a marathon negotiation session, the two sides set a date of September 16 for restarting the shuttered complex, the South’s Unification Ministry said.

12 Sep 2013 - 3:17am

Koreas reach agreement to reopen Kaesong industrial zone

Negotiators reach agreement over Kaesong yesterday. Photo: Reuters

North and South Korea reached an agreement yesterday to reopen the Kaesong joint industrial zone - closed by Pyongyang in April at the height of soaring military tensions.

16 Aug 2013 - 12:54am

North Korea offers South guarantees to reopen Kaesong industrial zone

Kaesong owners and workers rally for a return to operations at the industrial complex. Photo: AP

Impoverished North Korea said it was reopening the troubled Kaesong industrial zone jointly run with the wealthy South just minutes after Seoul signalled its willingness to let it close for good.

8 Aug 2013 - 2:27am

Shoving match as Korean talks on Kaesong collapse

A South Korean official (centre) tangles with representatives of the North during the scuffle at the Kaesong industrial estate.Photo: AFP

North Korea blasted Seoul's "arrogant" attitude after talks on salvaging the jointly-run Kaesong industrial zone collapsed, sparking a scuffle between officials from both sides. The North also accused the South of using "delaying tactics" by demanding that Pyongyang take responsibility for the closure of the estate and compensate for financial losses.

27 Jul 2013 - 1:46am

North and South Korea hold fifth round of Kaesong industrial zone talks

Head of the South Korean working-level delegation Kim Ki-woong (right) speaks with North Korean counterpart Park Chol-su in Kaesong on Monday. Photo: Reuters

Production at the Kaesong estate has been suspended since North Korea withdrew its 53,000 workers from the complex in April at the height of soaring military tensions with the South.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

South Korea proposes talks with North on Kaesong

A South Korean soldier stands guard on the Grand Unification Bridge which leads to the inter-Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea, just south of the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju. Photo: Reuters

South Korea on Thursday proposed talks with North Korea about reopening a joint industrial zone that shut down amid high military tensions.

The proposal came a day after the North restored a cross-border hotline and announced it would let the South’s businessmen visit the Kaesong estate just north of the border to check on their closed factories.

4 Jul 2013 - 9:56pm

North Korea offers talks on reopening Kaesong industrial complex

Visitors walk into a showroom of North Korea's Kaesong industrial complex, at a South Korean observation post in the border city of Paju near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas. Photo: AFP

North and South Korea agreed in principle yesterday to hold their first official talks for years, signalling a possible breakthrough in cross-border ties after months of escalated military tensions.

7 Jun 2013 - 1:26am

North invites South Korea managers to Kaesong

The Inter-Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex inside the North Korean border is seen from a South Korean observation post, near the truce village of Panmunjom in Paju. Photo: Reuters

North Korea said on Tuesday it would allow South Korean businessmen to visit their plants in a shuttered joint economic zone, but declined Seoul’s offer of official working-level talks on the complex.

28 May 2013 - 3:48pm

South Korea rejects ‘incomprehensible’ North demands

“The North’s demand ... is completely incomprehensible and unfair,” said Kim Hyung-Seok, spokesman for Seoul’s Unification Ministry. Photo: EPA

South Korea on Monday dismissed an “incomprehensible” list of North Korean demands for reviving suspended operations at a jointly-run industrial park.

The Kaesong Industrial Complex, opened north of the border in 2004 as a rare symbol of co-operation, has been shut indefinitely with the withdrawal of all North and South Korean workers amid soaring military tensions.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

South Korea sees progress on workers’ return from North

The Grand Unification Bridge, leading to the Kaesong industrial complex inside the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is seen in Paju, north of Seoul. Photo: Xinhua

South Korea said on Wednesday it was edging towards a deal with North Korea to ensure the return of the remaining workers at a joint industrial zone that has become a casualty of military tensions.

1 May 2013 - 9:58pm

US, South Korea wrap up drills as tensions simmer

US and South Korean Marines participate in a joint amphibious landing operation exercise during the 'Foal Eagle' series of joint and combined field training manoeuvers. Photo: EPA

The United States and South Korea on Tuesday wrapped up military drills at the centre of soaring tensions with North Korea, as Pyongyang ignored a new overture over a flagship joint industrial zone.

30 Apr 2013 - 3:09pm

Last South Korean workers to leave Kaesong

South Korean workers unload products made at the inter-Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea, after the products arrived at at a military checkpoint in the border city of Paju, on Saturday. Photo: AFP

South Korea was due on Monday to pull out its last workers from a joint factory zone in North Korea – a rare symbol of cross-border cooperation now crippled by a tense military stand-off.

The move raises the prospect of the permanent closure of the Kaesong complex, the last point of contact between the two Koreas and a key source of income for Kim Jong-un’s isolated regime.

29 Apr 2013 - 5:10pm

North Korea preparing for 'big' military drill, report says

South Korean workers unload products made at the Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea, after arriving at at the military checkpoint in the border city of Paju. Dozens of South Korean workers returned from the jointly run factory park on Saturday as part of an evacuation. Photo: AFP

Preparations are under way near the North’s western port of Nampo for a combined live-fire drill involving artillery units and air force jets, the South’s Yonhap news agency said, citing a Seoul government source.

28 Apr 2013 - 12:53pm

North blocks South Koreans taking supplies to Kaesong workers

South Korean cars, carrying sacks of clothes made in the Kaesong joint industrial complex, arrive at the border city of Paju. Photo: AFP

North Korea barred a delivery of supplies to South Koreans in the closed Kaesong industrial zone yesterday, as the South's president said it was time to stop rewarding Pyongyang's provocations. A delegation of 10 businessmen representing the 123 South Korean firms in Kaesong had applied to travel to the zone to bring food and other daily necessities to their staff and to inspect their facilities.

18 Apr 2013 - 2:07am