UN chief welcomes accord between the two Koreas to reopen the Kaesong Industrial Complex

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the agreement between North and South Korea on the reopening of an industrial park run by the two countries.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea reportedly shut down the Kaesong Industrial Complex in April as tensions with its neighbour in the south rose.

Following months of negotiations, representatives of the two Koreas reached an agreement in Kaesong in North Korea on Wednesday.

UN Deputy Spokesperson, Eduardo Del Buey says the Secretary-General is encouraged by "this positive development."

"The Secretary-General has stated that the Complex is a successful example of the cooperation which has served as a bridge between the two Koreas. He hopes that its operation will be normalized as quickly as possible and that it faces no further interruptions to its work in the future. The Secretary-General also hopes that the continuous operation of the complex will serve as a catalyst for other constructive steps, thus building mutual trust and promoting inter-Korean relations." (23")

Mr. Ban reiterates what he says is the paramount importance of inter-Korean dialogue and cooperation for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, adding that as Secretary-General he will do his best towards this end.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1’14″

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