Bitter legacy of rival Koreas' Kaesong experiment

The shock closure of the Kaesong complex in early February forced businessmen behind the 124 South Korean plants operating there to abandon everythingFive months after Seoul shut down a jointly run industrial park in North Korea, South Korean factory owners are still waging a defiant campaign to reopen what was the last major symbol of inter-Korean cooperation. What has remained is a bitter resentment towards the South Korean government over its handling of the affair, and a feeling among the owners that they and their businesses were sacrificed to political point-scoring. “For years, the government kept praising us for working on the frontier of inter-Korea cooperation and promised our business would be protected regardless of politics,” said Jeong Gi-Seob, CEO of a Seoul clothing firm, S&G.

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