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Koreas to continue talks on factory complex

SEOUL — Talks between the rival Koreas aimed at restarting a stalled inter-Korean factory park ended Wednesday with no breakthrough, but both sides agreed to meet again next week to discuss restoring what was once a rare symbol of cooperation between the archrivals.

They also agreed to a separate set of talks next week on allowing reunions of families that have been separated for decades by the border between North and South Korea, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said in a statement. The ministry said Seoul rejected a proposal from North Korea to discuss resumption of South Korean tours to a North Korean mountain.

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The Kaesong industrial complex in North Korea, located just over the heavily armed border, closed in April following North Korea’s angry reaction to South Korea’s annual military exercises with the United States and alleged insults against the North’s top leadership.

North Korea has in recent weeks lowered its warlike threats and pursued diplomacy with both Seoul and Washington, though it has not pulled back on its nuclear weapons development.

The two Koreas recently agreed on a desire to reopen the complex, but they are still discussing how to do that.

During Wednesday’s talks at Kaesong, the rivals again shared the view that the factory complex should be maintained and developed, chief Seoul delegate Suh Ho told South Korean reporters after the meeting, according to media pool reports. He said the sides agreed to meet in Kaesong on Monday.

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