SKorean lawmakers tour inter-Korean factory park

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Associated Press

Posted on October 29, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 9:02 PM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea lawmakers are visiting a jointly-run factory park in North Korea for the first time since it reopened last month after a five-month shutdown.

The Kaesong complex just north of the border is the last remaining inter-Korean rapprochement project. Its operations halted in April when Pyongyang withdrew its workers amid high tension over Pyongyang's repeated threats of nuclear war. The North later toned down its rhetoric.

Seoul Unification Ministry spokeswoman Park Soo-jin says 21 South Korean lawmakers travelled to the Kaesong complex on Wednesday to look at its operations and meet with South Korean businessmen there.

Analysts say Pyongyang's approval of the lawmakers' visit shows its desire to develop the park and resume other stalled lucrative cross-border cooperation projects.

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