North and South Korea on Sunday made a crucial step forward in winding down months of high tension, agreeing to reopen a joint industrial zone seen as the last remaining symbol of cross-border reconciliation.
Suh Ho (R), head of the South Korean working-level delegation, shakes hands with his North Korean counterpart Park Chol-Su after their talks at the Tongilgak on the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom, in the Demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas, on July 7, 2013. North and South have agreed to reopen a joint industrial complex shut down amid high military tensions.
The deal follows months of friction and threats of war by Pyongyang after its February nuclear test attracted tougher UN sanctions, further squeezing its struggling economy.
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