November 17, 2011 13:09
New data show that the number of North Korean workers at the joint-Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex has reached an all-time high. According to the Unification Ministry on Wednesday, the number of workers stood at over 48,000 as of the end of September, the highest since the industrial park began operating in December 2004.
This year alone, nearly 2,000 more North Koreans began working there, and the total is up by more than 5,000 compared to May last year, after the South imposed new sanctions on the North following its sinking of the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan.
Meanwhile, the Kaesong Industrial Complex also recorded its largest ever monthly earnings, posting a total of some US$36 million as of the end of September. This figure is up by more than 4 percent from the previous month. Currently, 123 South Korean enterprises are operating in Kaesong.
Following Unification Minister Yu Woo-ik's pledge to be more flexible over inter-Korean issues, the number of workers at the complex and monthly production are expected to rise further.
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