N.Korea Wants Answer to Demands Soon

      May 07, 2009 11:23

      North Korea has written to South Korea urging a second meeting at the Kaesong Industrial Complex. The North Korean body that manages the complex on Monday sent a three-page document about the second meeting that warns if the South does not respond promptly, "it will only complicate the problem," a South Korean government official said Wednesday.

      In the first meeting held on April 21, North Korea asked for a salary raise for North Korean staff at the complex and higher land rental, and asked the South to schedule the next meeting.

      "We are not yet at the stage to finalize the agenda and date for the second meeting and notify the North," a Unification Ministry official said. "But we are negotiating."

      Representatives of South Korean companies in the industrial park went to Kaesong on Wednesday but were unable to meet the North Korean officials, because they were in Pyongyang, a source said.

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