S. Korea, DPRK starts follow-up talks at Kaesong complex

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South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) started follow-up working-level talks at the joint industrial park in the DPRK's border town of Kaesong, South Korea's Unification Ministry said Wednesday.

Three-member delegations from each side began the dialogue at 10:35 a.m. local time in the Kaesong industrial complex, according to the Ministry of Unification, which is in charge of inter-Korean relations. The talks were originally secluded for 10 a.m., but were delayed due to some technical glitches of communication lines.

There was no change in chief delegates. South Korea sent Suh Ho, director-general of the Unification Ministry's inter-Korean district support directorate, as top delegate, while the DPRK delegation was led by Park Chol-su, vice director of the General Bureau of the Central Special Zone Development Guidance.

The follow-up talks came three days after Seoul and Pyongyang agreed in principle to normalize operation of the joint industrial park at Kaesong, just north of the heavily armed border.

The DPRK also allowed South Korean businessmen to visit Kaesong Wednesday to bring back finished products and materials out of the complex and maintain facilities vulnerable to the humidity during the rainy season.

Three South Korean delegates along with 20 other officials crossed the military demarcation line (MDL) at around 8:30 a.m. before heading to the dialogue venue at Kaesong, according to the ministry.

Under the Sunday agreement, 59 managers from 59 South Korean companies crossed the MDL at around 9:00 a.m. to visit the factory park for maintenance work. Other company managers planned to cross the border in the next day to check their facilities.

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