S. Korea, DPRK to meet again on July 2:agency
South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) agreed to meet again on July 2 to continue discussing over the Kaesong Joint Industrial Complex, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported Friday.
The third round of government-level talks between South Korea and DPRK's delegation, held in Kaesong amid escalated tensions on the Korean Peninsula, ended without narrowing their differences on thorny issues, Yonhap said, reported Xinhua.
The two sides, who held talks on April 21 and June 11, had two sessions of talks in the morning and in the afternoon, Yonhap said.
Earlier last week, South Korea and the DPRK held their second round of talks with the DPRK claiming that South Korea should quadruple monthly wages for DPRK workers to 300 U.S. dollars from the current level of 70 to 80 U.S. dollars, as well as raise land rent to 500 million U.S. dollars, a 31-times increase from the current 16 million-U.S. dollar fee.
The talks came after South Korean President Lee Myung-bak called Pyongyang's demands "unacceptable" in a summit with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington earlier this week.
The Kaesong complex, where 106 South Korean companies operate with some 40,000 DPRK workers, makes a variety of products, from electronics and watches to shoes and utensils.
The park, located in the DPRK's border town of Kaesong, was jointly set up as a reconciliation project of the two sides.