DPRK threatens to close Kaesong industrial zone

2013-04-11 06:25:19 GMT2013-04-11 14:25:19(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

The Kaesong industrial zone may cease to exist if the South Korean authority continues its confrontation policy, said an official of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Thursday.

The DPRK's decision to withdraw all its employees from the Kaesong industrial zone was targeting the hostile and provocative activities launched by the United States and South Korea, a spokesman of the Bureau for Central Guidance to the Development of the Special Zone told the official Korean Central News Agency.

"The current power-holder in the South can never be able to shake off responsibility for having Kaesong, which survived even the traitor Lee Myung-bak's term in office, all but closed," the spokesman said.

The DPRK on Monday announced its decision to withdraw all its 54,000 workers from the joint industrial park at the DPRK's border town of Kaesong, effectively closing operations at the zone that is housing 123 South Korean companies.

The industrial zone was established under an agreement reached at the unprecedented inter-Korean summit in 2000 between late South Korean President Kim Dae-jung and DPRK leader Kim Jong Il. It started operations in 2005.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday voiced her disappointment over the DPRK's decision.

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