S Korean personnel in DPRK to return home

13:54, May 26, 2010      

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File Photo taken on Oct. 4, 2007 shows a soldier of Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) (L) and a soldier of Republic of Korea (ROK) stand guard at the truce village of Panmunjom. A spokesman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea announced on Tuesday the DPRK will sever all the relations with ROK, the official KCNA news agency reported. (Xinhua)

Amid heightening tension on the divided Korean peninsula over the blame of surrounding the sinking of a South Korean warship, South Korean personnel are heading back home after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) told them Wednesday to leave their joint industrial complex, the government said.

Seoul's unification ministry said that eight South Korean officials in the border town of Kaesong are scheduled to return to South Korea, as DPRK authorities ordered them to leave a joint consultative office located within the factory park, where some 110 South Korean firms employ about 42,000 DPRK workers producing mostly labor-intensive goods.

The DPRK's move comes at a time when relations between the two sides, technically still at war with each other following the 1950- 53 Korean War that ended with a truce, have reached new lows after an international probe publicly accused the DPRK of having deliberately attacked a South Korean corvette and killed 46 sailors in late March.

Pyongyang, denying its responsibility, has issued a series of threats including an "all-out war"against Seoul's moves to punish it for its alleged aggression. Expelling all South Korean government personnel was part of its warning that came a day ago.

The South Korean government has said that it will not back down on its decision to take a series of punitive measures against its wartime rival, which involves anti-submarine drills with Washington, Seoul's ally, and suspension of trade and bilateral exchanges.

Source: Xinhua


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