July 15, 2013 13:54
North and South Korea meet for another round of talks about reopening the Kaesong Industrial Complex on Monday. Seoul will continue to push North Korea to admit all responsibility for shutting down the industrial park and offer guarantees that this will not happen again.
The South wants to amend regulations governing travel, communications and customs clearance in line with global standards.
But North Korea is digging in its heels over who is responsible for shutting the complex. North Korean propaganda website Uriminzokkiri on Sunday blamed the government here for perceived insults in the press using "provocative and abusive language." Newspapers here had predicted the North would be reluctant to close the industrial park because it is a cash cow for the regime in straitened times.
The website added that there would not have been any trouble in the first place if the South had watched its mouth.
In an interview with French current affairs magazine Politique Internationale, President Park Geun-hye said, "It is North Korea who has brought the Kaesong complex to a standstill, and it has responsibility to resolve it. We will not repeat the mistake of perpetuating the vicious cycle again -- agreeing to normalize it under a moderate compromise only to face abrupt abrupt shutdown at the whims of the North Korean side."
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