Seoul's Patience with N.Korea 'Running Out'

      August 05, 2013 09:00

      Seoul on Sunday said its patience with North Korea over a date for fresh talks about the Kaesong Industrial Complex is running out. North Korea has made no response to South Korea's proposal on July 29 for another round of talks about reopening the industrial park.

      Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Hyung-suk said, "If North Korea really believes the Kaesong industrial park is the touchstone of future inter-Korean relations, it should follow up with responsible words and action instead of silence."

      He said given that the North's unilateral closure of the industrial park "has caused enormous damage to South Korean businesses, North Korean authorities should take responsible measures including compensations for the losses of the South Korean firms," he added. "The North should bear in mind that South Korean manufacturers' patience is running out."

      Seoul remains keen to develop Kaesong "as a world-class industrial park," he said. "But the firms will have no choice but to leave if they constantly worry that the North could close it again anytime for political or military reasons."

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