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South Korea: North responsible for consequences from Kaesong shutdown
February 12, 2016 / 2:56 AM / 2 years ago

South Korea: North responsible for consequences from Kaesong shutdown

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Friday that North Korea would be held responsible for any consequences after the North kicked out South Korean workers and froze the assets of companies at the jointly run Kaesong Industrial Complex.

Policemen guide a vehicle transporting South Korean employees working at the KIC (Kaesong industrial complex) as they return from KIC on the Grand Unification Bridge, just south of the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, February 11, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Seoul suspended operations at the complex this week, after Pyongyang’s rocket launch last weekend.

South Korean Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo told a news conference that North Korea’s action to freeze the assets was “illegal” and warned the North not to do anything to damage the property of South Korean companies.

“The North’s conduct is very regrettable and we make it clear that the North will be responsible for everything that happens,” Hong said.

Reporting by Jack Kim and Ju-min Park; Editing by Dean Yates

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