North Korea proposes meeting South Koreans on joint factory park

April 18, 2009 06:06

North Korea has proposed a meeting on a joint industrial park amid mounting tension on the divided peninsula over the North's defiant rocket launch, a South Korean official said Saturday. The joint complex in the North Korean border town of Kaesong is the last major joint project between the rival Koreas and a key source of currency for the impoverished North's communist regime. Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Ho-nyeon told reporters that the North proposed to meet with South Korean officials at the complex on April 21, but it is not clear exactly what the country wants to discuss. Earlier Saturday, however, South Korea's Dong-a Ilbo newspaper said that the North proposed the meeting to discuss a South Korean man who has been held in the complex since late last month for allegedly denouncing the North's political system.

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