Koreas' Last Tie Now Basically Severed
North Korea to pull workers, suspend operations at Kaesong
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2013 7:41 AM CDT
In this Wednesday, April 14, 2010 file photo, A North Korean guard post, bottom, placed near the North-South industrial complex in Kaesong, is seen from South Korea.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

(Newser) – North Korea has just one remaining economic link to South Korea, and it's about to be severed: Pyongyang today announced that it will recall its more than 53,000 workers from the Kaesong industrial complex and suspend operations at the border factories, the AP reports. There's no word on what will happen to the 475 South Korean managers remaining at Kaesong, which lies on the northern side of the border. Also unknown: If the North Korean workers will be recalled immediately, or if they'll show up for work tomorrow.

Today's announcement came from the secretary of the ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, who called the move temporary and said the North will "examine the issue of whether it will allow its existence or close it," based in large part on what the New York Times calls "the Seoul government’s attitude." The industrial park is the largest provider of jobs in North Korea's third-largest city, with mostly women employed there, but the secretary rejected Seoul's depiction of the complex as being crucial to the North's economy, insisting most of the financial benefits go to the South.

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ParkerGabriel
Apr 8, 2013 11:10 PM CDT
What, a, putz.
extremenewsjunkie
Apr 8, 2013 2:02 PM CDT
What I find shocking is that the South Koreans were willing to "dance with the dictator" for cheap labor in Kaesong. I was not aware that North Korea provided workers for exploitation by South Korean corporaitons.
JackNelsonSteward
Apr 8, 2013 1:40 PM CDT
Li'l Kim is running out of plates to break. At some point he will have to stop stamping and blustering and gesticulating and gnashing his teeth and DO something if he can ... and he's crazy enough. I think he should be given plenty of rope and watched very closely with our detection and response facilities on alert. As long as he stands in the yard screaming about holding his breath 'til he turns blue and the only toys he breaks are his own, I say let'im go. He ain't hurtin' anyone but him and his and the longer and louder he goes the bigger doofus he'll look like when he runs out. It he SPITS at South Korea, I think the South should whack'im as hard as they can, and we should stand behind'em with our arms folded and assist in any way that doesn't involve anything with a "Made in the U.S.A."label on it ending up in the DPRK. This is a sibling fight and we should butt out as much as possible. If Li'l Kim so much as tosses a rock at OUR $hlt, we should respond with a genuine 21st Century Wargasm that leaves his eyes watering and his ears ringing and the exclamation, "Holy $HiT!!!" on his lips. Our very first target should be that reactor at Yongbyon. That site should become a vast smoking hole, best suited for a memorial plaque. From there, any thing that moves toward any thing of ours should be pulverized, along with one select military base. I suggest bases starting nearest Yongbyon and working outward so Kim gets the point. Let the Li'l shi+ rave. Stand by. We should be talking in very genial terms to the Chinese, along the lines of," Will y' lookit that crazy sumbitch ... ??!! We really should have him sit down and shut up, don'tcha think? I mean, before he does sumthin' ReALLY stupid?"