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UN chief welcomes 2 Koreas’ move to reopen complex

August 14, 2013

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is welcoming the agreement between the two Koreas to reopen a jointly run factory park.

U.N. deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey says Ban hopes that operation of the Kaesong Industrial Complex “will be normalized as quickly as possible and that it faces no further interruptions to its work in the future.”

North Korea halted operations during a torrent of threats this year.

Ban has called the Kaesong complex a successful example of bridge-building between North and South Korea and is encouraged by the latest “positive development,” del Buey said Wednesday.

The secretary-general, a former South Korean foreign minister, hopes the continuous operation of the complex “will serve as a catalyst for other constructive steps, thus building mutual trust and promoting inter-Korean relations,” del Buey said.

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