S. Koreans visit joint industrial park amid row with North


SEOUL: A group of 14 South Korean businessmen on Wednesday travelled to the Kaesong joint industrial zone for talks with North Korean officials to resolve an escalating row over wages at the park. Pyongyang last month announced it would raise the basic salary of some 54,000 North Korean workers employed across 125 South Korean firms in the complex as of the end of last year. The South rejected the idea, citing an existing agreement that any wage rise had to be agreed by a joint committee overseeing the management of the park. It offered talks to discuss the issue but the North refused, saying it had no need to consult with the South and a “legitimate and normal” right to amend working conditions in Kaesong, which lies in the North just over the border.



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