Koreas meet again for talk on restarting factories

July 15, 2013
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South Korean vehicles leave for South and North Korea's joint Kaesong Industrial Complex to bring back their finished goods and materials at the customs, immigration and quarantine office of the Inter-Korean Transit Office near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, Monday, July 15, 2013. Talks aimed at restarting the factory park ended Wednesday with no breakthrough, but both sides agreed to meet again Monday to discuss restoring what was once a symbol of cooperation between the rivals. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Officials from North and South Korea are meeting for the third time this month to discuss how to restart a stalled inter-Korean factory park which was a key symbol of cooperation between the countries.

Seoul's Unification Ministry says Monday's talks are taking place at the North Korean border town of Kaesong where the factory complex is located.

In their previous talks, the countries agreed on a desire to revive the complex but couldn't agree on how to do so.

Operations at the Kaesong complex were suspended in April when tension ran high in the wake of North Korea's February nuclear test.

The park opened in 2004 during a period of rapprochement between the Koreas. It blends South Korean capital and management skills with cheap North Korean labor.