South Korea withdraws last of its workers from jointly run factory in North Korea

Originally posted on National Post | News:

SEOUL, South Korea — Seoul said Friday that it has decided to withdraw the roughly 175 South Koreans still at a jointly run factory complex in North Korea, raising a major question about the survival of the last symbol of inter-Korean co-operation.

The statement by the country’s minister in charge of inter-Korean relations came after North Korea rejected Seoul’s demand for talks on the factory park that has been closed nearly a month.

Seoul said it issued a Friday deadline for North Korea to respond to its call for talks because it was worried about its workers not having access to food and medicine. North Korea hasn’t allowed supplies or workers to cross the border since early this month.

“We’ve made the inevitable decision to bring back all the remaining personnel in Kaesong for the protection of our people as their difficulties continue to grow,” Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae said…

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