2 Koreas in Fresh Round of Kaesong Talks

      August 14, 2013 09:46

      Officials from North and South Korea meet Wednesday to discuss reopening the Kaesong Industrial Complex.

      Seoul wants North Korea to take responsibility for closing the industrial park, and aims to win guarantees that it will not happen again. But North Korea maintains that "hostile acts" by South Korea were the main reasons for the closure and is seeking to establish joint responsibility. That will remain the chief sticking point in the discussions.

      A Unification Ministry on Tuesday said officials will approach the talks with a "calm and composed" attitude. He added that the closure of the complex was not due to the absence of rules but the North's failure to abide by them.

      On April 8, North Korea closed the border to South Korean staff and vehicles and ordered all North Korean workers to leave, bringing operations to a grinding halt.

      The two Koreas held six rounds of talks to reopen the industrial park from July 6 to 26 but were unable to narrow their differences.

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