S. Korea, DPRK hold talks on ways to improve operations
Officials from South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) met Tuesday at a joint industrial complex in the border town of Kaesong to discuss ways to improve operations there, the government said, Xinhua reported.
"The two sides began a meeting at 02:10 p.m. (local time)," an official at Seoul's Ministry of Unification told Xinhua, adding that no off-topic agenda seemed to have been brought up during their discussions.
Earlier Tuesday, the South Korean delegation crossed the military demarcation line for a two-day visit to the DPRK, where the two sides are expected to evaluate their joint industrial survey to China and Vietnam conducted in December last year and possibly discuss outstanding issues about the joint industrial park in Kaesong.
The outstanding issues, including the DPRK's demand for wage hikes, could be discussed at Wednesday's session, according to an official from the unification ministry.
The industrial park, which is under the joint management of the two sides, has been one of the key symbols of economic cooperation between the two countries.
Currently, some 110 South Korean companies are based in the complex, employing about 42,000 workers from the DPRK.