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SKorean lawmakers to visit factory park in NKorea

South Korean lawmakers plan visit next week to factory park run jointly with North Korea

SKorean lawmakers to visit factory park in NKorea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean lawmakers will tour a jointly-run factory park in North Korea next week, officials said Thursday.

Pyongyang approved the visit next Wednesday by 24 National Assembly members and their aides, Ministry of Unification spokeswoman Park Sujin said.

The group will talk to the South Korean managers working at the Kaesong industrial complex about the latest on the park's situation, said Jin Myung-gu, a secretary of Ahn Hong-joon, chairperson of the Assembly's Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee. Jin said they will not meet North Korean officials on their visit.

The Kaesong park is the last remaining inter-Korean project from the previous era of rapprochement. It reopened last month after Pyongyang had withdrawn its workers in April during a period of unusually high tension.

When the park reopened, the two Koreas agreed to implement measures to prevent another shutdown, including opening the park to foreign investors.

The visit comes about one month after Pyongyang abruptly canceled reunions for families separated during the 1950-1953 Korean War.

Updated : 2021-12-01 09:21 GMT+08:00