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S. Korea not considering closure of Kaesong complex: official

2016/01/12 11:09

SEOUL, Jan. 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korea said Tuesday it is not considering temporarily shutting down a joint industrial park in North Korea at this stage despite the North's claimed successful test of a hydrogen bomb last week.

The government has decided to limit the entry of South Korean nationals into Kaesong Industrial Complex in the North's border city of the same name in a bid to ensure the safety of its people there following the North's fourth nuclear test since 2006.

"At this stage, it is too early to talk about a possible closure of the factory zone," said an official at the Unification Ministry. "We are not considering shutting down the complex for now."

   A total of 124 South Korean firms are running factories with about 54,000 North Koreans working at the complex, which opened in 2004 as a symbol of inter-Korean reconciliation.