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SK ruling party chief in North visit

Friday, September 30, 2011 - 01:05

Sept 30 - South Korea's ruling Grand National Party head Hong Joon-pyo leaves the South to visit joint industrial complex Kaesong in North Korea, while civic groups deliver food aid to Kaesong city. Rough Cut (No reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION South Korea's ruling Grand National Party (GNP) head Hong Joon-pyo left to visit the joint industrial complex Kaesong in North Korea on Friday. The GNP chief Hong Joon-pyo called for the breaking of stalemate in inter-Korean relations before he left for Kaesong industrial park to meet with South Korean workers. The Kaesong park is the only joint project now in operation, employing more than 46,000 North Korean workers as the rival Koreas' ties chilled after South Korean President Lee Myung-bak took office. More than 110 small to medium-sized South Korean companies use cheap North Korean labour at the Kaesong factory park, just north of the border, to make products such as cooking pots, clothes, shoes and watches. Separately, 15 South Korean civic group members of the Korea NGO Council for Cooperation with North Korea delivered food aid to the city of Kaesong. 12 trucks carried flour, medicine, food, shoes and underwear for children. North Korea, squeezed by tightened international sanctions after it conducted nuclear and missile tests in 2009, has asked approximately 40 countries for food aid, although South Korea and some high profile U.S. senators have questioned its claims of food shortages.

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SK ruling party chief in North visit

Friday, September 30, 2011 - 01:05