Last South Koreans at N. Korean factory to leave

Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says its last remaining nationals are about to leave a jointly run factory park in North Korea.

Seoul said seven South Koreans who had been negotiating North Korean wages at the Kaesong industrial complex are to leave later Friday. Their departure will push the rivals' only remaining symbol of rapprochement another step closer to closure.

A vehicle carrying North Korean wages will cross the border at around the time the South Koreans return.

The complex is just north of the heavily fortified border. It was launched in 2004 during a previous era of reconciliation.

North Korea suspended operations at Kaesong last month. It has been the most significant action taken by North Korea to protest South Korean-U.S. military drills and U.N. sanctions imposed for a February nuclear test.

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