SEOUL: North and South Korea resumed talks yesterday on managing their Kaesong joint industrial zone after a six-month hiatus caused by rising cross-border tensions, but appeared to make little headway.
Both set up a joint committee to run Kaesong after the zone shut down in April for five months as military tensions on the peninsula surged to dangerous levels.
After it reopened, both sides agreed that the new panel should meet at least once every quarter, irrespective of the current state of tensions.
Since its meeting on December 19, however, the committee has sat idle as tensions rose again with North Korea’s angry protests over the South’s annual military exercises with the US.
Yesterday, Seoul urged Pyongyang to speed up the creation of a proper Internet connection and free up movement in and out of Kaesong, 10km over the border in North Korea. AFP