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Two Koreas fail to agree amid military tensions

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 09:08

Seoul: North and South Korea have failed to reach agreement in talks about upgrading their joint industrial estate, amid military tensions sparked by the communist state`s artillery barrage last week.

But the two sides agreed during future military talks to discuss border restrictions which impede business at the Kaesong estate just north of the border, Seoul`s Unification Ministry said late yesterday.

At yesterday`s talks in Kaesong the South`s delegation protested at the shelling, ministry spokesman Chun Hae-Sung told Yonhap news agency.

The North`s side described the firing as "a due military drill," he said.

Last week the communist state banned shipping for two months from two zones along its disputed west coast sea border with South Korea.

The following day it started a three-day artillery exercise in which 370 shells landed near the borderline, raising tensions on the peninsula.
Yonhap, quoting military sources, said the North has declared five extra "no sail" zones lasting until late Tuesday off its east and west coasts -- raising concerns about possible short-range missile tests.
Yesterday`s talks were the second this year about ways to develop Kaesong, where 42,000 North Koreans work at 110 South Korea-funded plants.


First Published: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 09:08

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