Tuesday, April 30, 2013

NORTH KOREA "EFFECTIVELY HOLDING 7 SOUTH KOREAN WORKERS HOSTAGE" AT KAESONG INDUSTRIAL PLANT


Most of the 50 remaining South Korean workers at the Kaesong Industrial Complex returned home late Monday night after North Korea ignored a deadline Seoul set for talks to keep the factory complex going. But seven are stuck there while the North tries to squeeze every last possible penny out of the South.

They are staff from the committee in charge of operating the industrial park, utility KEPCO, the Korea Water Resources Corporation, the Korea Land and Housing Corporation, telecom provider KT and Woori Bank.

They were scheduled to vacate the complex at 5 p.m. Monday, but North Korean officials, citing unfinished business, effectively took them hostage by refusing to authorize their departure.

http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2013/04/30/2013043000629.html