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North, S Korea hold 5th round of Kaesong industrial zone talks

North and South Korea held a fifth round of talks Monday on reopening a joint industrial complex, after previous meetings failed to agree on a framework for resuming operations.
Production at the Kaesong estate has been suspended since North Korea withdrew its 53,000 workers from the complex in April at the height of soaring military tensions with the South.

Working-level officials from both sides have already met four times this month to discuss the future of the complex, established in 2004 as a rare symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.
The talks have been dominated by recrimination over the cause of the shutdown, and the unwillingness of either side to get Kaesong running again. Monday’s fifth round was again held in Kaesong, which, prior to its shutdown, hosted 123 South Korean companies.
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