But he is not getting his hopes up, mindful that North Korea's participation in the Pyeongchang Games could spring some unpleasant surprises for an otherwise promising detente. Park, the businessman who dreams of restarting his plastics factory at Kaesong, said Seoul's decision to quit the complex was "nonsense" and an over-reaction. Park said that when Kaesong closed in , he had sent his staff in a car there to bring back plastic molds and raw materials worth millions of dollars, but North Korea only allowed them to take back "personal belongings.
I was heartbroken by the losses, but I was also heartbroken as much because I was not able to say goodbye to North Korean workers who have shared joys and tears for eight years.
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South Korean owners of factories in the Kaesong complex — a joint South-North operation — throw paper airplanes during a rally at the Imjingak Pavilion near the border in Paju, South Korea, on Aug. Now, owners have hope that the complex, shuttered in , could reopen due to cooling tensions between the two countries. February 8, By Hyunjoo Jin Reuters.
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October 12, 4: Unconfirmed reports Last week, the North Korea propaganda web site Meari indicated operations have resumed at the Kaesong facility, and another propaganda web site, Uriminzokkiri posted a comment saying, "It is nobody's business what we do in an industrial complex where our nation's sovereignty is exercised.
Inter-Korean cooperation When it first opened in , the Kaesong complex, located about 54 kilometers northwest of Seoul, was intended to promote inter-Korean development and give North Korean workers a taste of life in the south, including snack foods like the cakes known as Choco Pies and toiletries that were resold as luxury items in the North. The closure of the Kaseong factories put over 54, North Korean employees out of work.
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As diplomatic activity with North Korea is increasing, hope for restarting operations has grown. He said the business owners need to learn if they will be able to make repairs or they will need to buy new factory equipment.
The information will help them plan. The Kaesong complex is 54 kilometers northwest of Seoul near the border between the two Koreas. More than 54, North Koreans worked there when it was operational.