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S. Koreans visit joint industrial park amid row with North

South Korean cargo trucks and vehicles head to North Korea's Kaesong Industrial Complex through a border checkpoint, just south of the Demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas on March 18, 2015A group of 14 South Korean businessmen on Wednesday travelled to the Kaesong joint industrial zone for talks with North Korean officials to resolve an escalating row over wages at the park. Pyongyang last month announced it would raise the basic salary of some 54,000 North Korean workers employed across 125 South Korean firms in the complex as of the end of last year. It offered talks to discuss the issue but the North refused, saying it had no need to consult with the South and a “legitimate and normal” right to amend working conditions in Kaesong, which lies in the North just over the border. “As to the North’s unilateral changes to the regulations on wages, we will convey our position without reservations to the North,” said Chung Ki-Sup, head of the council of South Korean companies operating at Kaesong.

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