N Korea bans South from industrial park

2013-04-03 07:52
South Korean army soldiers walk on the empty road after South Korean vehicles which were refused for entry to North Korea at the customs, immigration and quarantine office in Paju. (Ahn Young-joon, AP)

South Korean army soldiers walk on the empty road after South Korean vehicles which were refused for entry to North Korea at the customs, immigration and quarantine office in Paju. (Ahn Young-joon, AP)

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Seoul - North Korea told South Korea on Wednesday that it was banning access to their Kaesong joint industrial park, but said South Koreans in the complex would be allowed to leave, officials said.

"The North this morning notified us that it will only allow returning trips from Kaesong and will ban trips to the complex," Unification Ministry spokesperson Kim Hyung-Suk told reporters.

Kim said the North had not specified how long the ban would remain in effect.

Describing the North's move as "very regrettable", Kim said his government's first priority was the safety of the estimated 861 of its citizens currently in Kaesong.

"We expect our people currently in the North to return safely," he said.

The industrial complex, which lies 10km inside North Korea, was established in 2004 as a symbol of cross-border co-operation.

North Korea has always been wary of allowing crises in inter-Korean relations to affect the zone - a crucial hard-currency earner for the communist state.

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