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S. Korea allows stalled construction to resume at joint factory park in DPRK

10-11-2011 16:33 BJT

SEOUL, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- The South Korean government said Tuesday it will allow stalled construction at a joint factory park in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to resume, a move hinting at warming cross-border ties.

Seoul's unification ministry, which oversees inter-Korean relations, said it will also expand the commuter bus service for DPRK workers working at the industrial complex, located in the border town of Kaesong, and improve conditions of the road connecting to the complex.

A fire station and emergency medical facilities will be built as was planned before the inter-Korean relations sank to their lowest point in years last year following two deadly border incidents, according to the ministry.

The joint industrial complex, opened in 2003, stands as the last-remaining symbol of reconciliation between the two wartime enemies as they remain hostile following the incidents that killed 50 South Koreans.

Tuesday's move is widely seen as part of Seoul's efforts to mend ties with Pyongyang, with new, dovish unification minister Yu Woo-ik at the helm of the unification ministry. Yu's predecessor Hyun In-taek left office amid criticism for his heavy-handed dealings with the northern neighbor.

Some 47,000 DPRK workers are currently working for 123 South Korean companies that capitalize on cheap labor to produce labor- intensive goods.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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