Seoul: North Korea`s decision to pull its workers out of the Kaesong joint industrial zone and suspend all commercial operations at the complex "cannot be justified," South Korea said Monday.
"North Korea`s unilateral decision to push ahead with this measure cannot be justified in any way and North Korea will be held responsible for all the consequences," the Unification Ministry`s spokesman said in a statement.
"The Korean government will calmly but firmly handle North Korea`s indiscreet action and we will do our best to secure the safety of our people and the protection of our property," the spokesman said.
More than 300 South Koreans have left Kaesong and returned to the South since North Korea banned South Korea access to the complex last Wednesday.
The Unification Ministry said 475 South citizens were still staying at the complex as of Monday.