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The Journal Gazette

Friday, April 05, 2013 10:44 pm

More SKoreans leave NKorean factory park under ban

The Associated Press

More South Koreans have begun to leave North Korea and the factory park where they work, four days after Pyongyang closed the border to people and goods.

Seoul's Unification Ministry says seven South Koreans left the Kaesong industrial park Saturday morning, and about 100 of the roughly 600 still there were expected to return home by day's end.

One manager interviewed as he left says North Korea has bolstered security along the border.

The industrial park is the last remnant of North-South cooperation. Pyongyang's blocking of traffic there is among many provocative moves it has made recently in anger over U.N. sanctions for its Feb. 12 nuclear test and current U.S.-South Korean military drills. North Korea suggested earlier this week that diplomats in Pyongyang leave for their own safety.