SEOUL - South Korea is willing to pull out workers from the Kaesong industrial complex jointly run with North Korea if it becomes dangerous for them, the South's unification minister said on Friday amid growing tension on the Korean peninsula.
Increasingly strident rhetoric from the North has reached new heights, with South Korea and its ally the United States beefing up defenses in and around the peninsula after the North denied entry to the complex this week for hundreds of South Korean workers.
"When the situation requires us to do so, we are willing to pull out South Korean workers to ensure their safety," unification minister Ryoo Kihl-jae told foreign media.
The facility is the last shared link between the North and South. As of Thursday, 608 South Koreans remained at Kaesong, the Unification Ministry said.