South Korean staffers to leave North Korea economic office

South Korea said Wednesday it would withdraw the last remaining staffers from its economic cooperation office at the border industrial complex in North Korea this week after Pyongyang demanded the office shut down amid deteriorating ties. North Korea announced a set of sweeping measures Monday to scale back reconciliation projects with Seoul, including the suspension of a popular tour program to its ancient border city of Kaesong and a drastic cutback of South Korean workers in a nearby industrial zone. The measures, set to take effect Dec. 1, are the latest sign of deteriorating relations between the two sides.