S Korea, DPRK agree to hold working-level contact on joint industrial complex

09:29, March 01, 2010      

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South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Sunday agreed to hold a working-level contact on Tuesday in Kaesong, a border town of the DPRK, to discuss issues related to a joint industrial complex in the DPRK.

According to Seoul's Ministry of Defense, the two sides came to a compromise on the date and the venue of the talks, and agreed to change the originally planned "military working-level talks" to "working-level contact".

The contact will be held on Tuesday in Kaesong as the DPRK proposed, and the South's delegation will be led by an official from the Unification Ministry, not from the Ministry of Defense, the ministry said in a statement.

The bilateral contact will focus on improving cross-border passage, communications and customs clearance for South Korean firms in the Kaesong joint industrial park, and "will not involve other military issues", according to local officials.

The inter-Korean military talks, aimed at easing border restrictions and improving logistics at their joint industrial park in Kaesong, were first proposed by the DPRK in January in what experts in Seoul said is a reconciliatory overture. But it has been postponed for several times as the two sides failed to narrow their differences on the date and the venue for the talks.

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