PYONGYANG, July 15 (Itar-Tass) - Representatives of North Korea (DPRK) and South Korea on Monday resumed talks on normalisation of the work of the joint industrial complex in Kaesong. Each delegation consists of three people. The meeting began in this industrial city located in the DPRK territory north of the demilitarised zone.
According to experts, the negotiations may grad on, given the complex nature of the problem. “Improvement in inter-Korean relations can be achieved only in the case of a successful solution to the Kaesong complex problem,” the North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) stressed.
At the previous meeting that was held on July 10, the parties failed to reach an agreement on the conditions of the opening the industrial zone, which has been idle for more than three months. According to North Korean media reports, the negotiations yielded no result “because of the insincere position of the South Korean delegation,” which tried to place on Pyongyang the responsibility for the unexpected shutting down on April 9 of the complex, which for many years has been a symbol of reconciliation and cooperation between the North and the South. The delegations also agreed to hold a new meeting on July 15.
In the period of another sharp deterioration of relations between the North and the South in April, Pyongyang announced that the operation of the complex would be temporarily stopped, and the issue of the closure or reopening of the facility would be thoroughly studied. The reason for this is “the South Korean regime’s intention to turn this zone into a hotbed of confrontation between the compatriots in the North and South of the Korean Peninsula."