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South Korea says too early to restart industrial zone with North

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Staff Writer | November 16, 2018
South Korea said on Thursday it would not restart an industrial zone with North Korea until its neighbour moves to give up nuclear weapons, although it voiced hope for progress.
Cho Myoung-gyon
Asia   Cho Myoung-gyon, the South's unification minister
Cho Myoung-gyon, the South's unification minister, said Seoul was abiding by international sanctions on Pyongyang despite President Moon Jae-in's calls for a step-by-step easing of pressure.

"One thing I would like to highlight here is that we are not going to open the Kaesong industrial complex soon," Cho said on a visit to Washington.

"The South Korean government has a very strong principle that both inter-Korean and foreign cooperation will happen once the denuclearisation of North Korea happens," he said at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Cho believed that North Korea's young leader Kim Jong Un was more reform-minded than earlier members of the ruling dynasty, who favoured self-reliance.

"In order for Chairman Kim to achieve his goal of having a global standard of production, he needs to open his economy," Cho said.