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North Korea stands by threats

Says it will close factory site jointly run with the South

SEOUL — North Korea, reiterating that it considered the Korean Peninsula back in ‘‘a state of war,’’ threatened Saturday to shut down a factory complex it jointly operates with South Korea that stands as the last significant symbol of cooperation.

The industrial park, the eight-year-old Kaesong complex in the North Korean border town of the same name, is a crucial source of badly needed cash for the heavily sanctioned North. It funnels more than $92 million a year in wages for 53,400 North Koreans employed there, and its operation has survived despite years of military tensions.

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