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South Korea demands talks on factory

on April 25, 2013 10:20 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After weeks of threatening rhetoric from the North, South Korea today promised its own unspecified “grave measures” if Pyongyang rejects talks on a jointly run factory park shuttered for nearly a month.

The park in the North Korean border town of Kaesong is the most significant casualty so far in the recent deterioration of relations between the Koreas.

South Korea’s Unification Ministry today proposed working-level talks on Kaesong and urged the North to respond by noon Friday, warning that Seoul will take “grave measures” if Pyongyang rebuffs the call for dialogue. In a televised news conference, spokesman Kim Hyung-suk refused to say what those measures might be.

North Korea didn’t make an immediate response today, according to the Unification Ministry.

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