Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

South Korea Businessmen Protest Over Kaesong

South Korea Businessmen Protest Over Kaesong

North Korea is also facing strong sanctions from the USA and firm condemnation from the worldwide community in the wake of repeated missile launches and nuclear tests.

The Corporate Association of Kaesong Industrial Complex that represents the 123 South Korean manufacturing companies that operated factories in the North Korean facility said Thursday it wants to send a delegation to inspect their property.

North Korea is widely expected to conduct another provocation this month, possibly around the Oct 18 opening of the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.

The North/South joint venture with South Korea was suspended previous year to punish the Kim Jong Un government for conducting nuclear and missile tests, and to cut off a possible source of funding for Pyongyang's illicit weapons development program.

A Russian lawmaker who recently visited Pyongyang told media that North Korea is preparing to test a ballistic missile that can strike the USA west coast.

The poll was conducted among 1,150 adults from September 28 to October 2, after Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "Little Rocket Man" and threatened to "totally destroy" the country if necessary.

During an appearance with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House on Wednesday, Trump said that while he listens to others around him, he has a "different" attitude when it comes to the North Korea - one he describes as "tougher". It said the United States warplanes flew with fighter jets from the South Korean air force and Japan Self-Defense Force in the first nighttime B-1 bomber exercise between the three allies.

The two US Air Force B-1B bombers were joined by two F-15K fighters from the South Korean military after leaving their base in Guam, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement on Wednesday.

In an interview with USA network Fox News, Trump was asked what he meant with the cryptic phrase, which had fueled concerns the United States and North Korea were closer to war.

When it first opened in 2004, the Kaesong complex, located about 54 kilometers northwest of Seoul, was meant to promote inter-Korean development and give North Korean workers a taste of life in the south, including snack foods like the cakes known as Choco Pies and toiletries that were resold as luxury items in the North.

-South Korean war plans, including parts of Operational Plan 5015, which includes procedures for a decapitation strike on the North's leadership if a crisis breaks out or appears imminent.

South Korean and United States government officials have been raising their guard against more North Korean provocations with the approach of the 72nd anniversary of the founding of North Korea's ruling party, which fell on Tuesday.

It would also be the first such a meeting between the two allies since South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office in May.

Any trip by South Koreans to North Korea requires the Seoul government's approval, as well as the North's consent.

It said that if North Korea resumes operations, it would violate inter-Korean agreements banning the random naturalization of Seoul firms' assets.

USA defense officials have told CNN that the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan will conduct scheduled exercises with the South Korean navy off the peninsula at the end of this month.

In retaliation against Seoul's closure of the complex, North Korea kicked out all remaining South Koreans and announced that it would freeze their assets and liquidate them.

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