October 31, 2013 09:35
Twenty-one ruling and opposition lawmakers of the National Assembly's Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee on Wednesday visited the Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea as part of the parliamentary audit.
It was the first time lawmakers have ever been able to inspect the joint-Korean industrial park in person.
The lawmakers were briefed by the industrial park management committee and visited four South Korean factories. They also met with South Korean manufacturers for lunch.
Ahn Hong-joon, chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee, vowed to make bipartisan endeavors to develop Kaesong into a global industrial zone unaffected by moodswings in inter-Korean relations.
Saenuri Party lawmaker Kim Young-woo called for both Koreas to make "substantial efforts" to attract international investment to the industrial park.
And Woo Sang-ho of the main opposition Democratic Party urged a lifting of sanctions Seoul imposed on North Korea after the sinking of the Navy corvette Cheonan in March 2010 "to give the complex more space to develop."
Meanwhile, Saenuri lawmaker Cho Myong-chol, a North Korean defector, was denied entry.
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