SEOUL, April 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will advise workers to withdraw from the inter-Korean industrial complex as North Korea spurned Seoul's proposal to hold talks to normalize suspended production at the zone, a government source said Friday.
The source, who declined to be identified, said that a decision has been made to ask companies to pull their people from the border town as they have been cut off from receiving food and other basic necessities since April 3.
Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae was to make a formal announcement at a news conference at 6 p.m. The unification ministry did not confirm if withdrawing workers will be announced.
Seoul's move follows North Korea's rejection of a proposal for dialogue to defuse the standoff and Pyongyang's warning that it could take grave action in regards to the industrial zone.
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