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Koreas talk on industrial zone

DIVIDE:Seoul’s priority is to move products and raw materials held up at Kaesong to the South, but the North called for the reopening of the zone without preconditions

AFP, SEOUL

However, some firms have threatened to withdraw from Kaesong, complaining they have fallen victim to political bickering.

After repeatedly threatening Seoul and Washington with conventional and nuclear attack, Pyongyang has appeared in recent weeks to want to move toward dialogue.

Analysts say North Korea is mindful of a US demand that it improve ties with Seoul before there can be any talks with Washington.

After plans for high-level talks last month on the future of the Kaesong estate collapsed over a protocol dispute, Pyongyang proposed direct, high-level dialogue with the US.

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