South Koreans in North’s factory zone stay despite risk
buy canada goose jacket cheap PAJU, South Korea (Reuters) Hundreds of South Koreans rejected the chance to leave factories in North Korea on Thursday that have become canada goose coats the center of a bitter standoff between the two countries, running the risk of becoming hostages to keep their plants buy canada goose jacket going.
South Korean vehicles, transporting both South Korean employees working at North Korea’s Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC) and products made in KIC, head towards the South’s Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ), just south of the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju, north of Seoul, April 4, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Hong Ji
For those whose commute to work already involved a trip across the world most heavily fortified border and into canada goose black friday sale one of its most repressive states, this week tensions were another reminder of buy canada goose jacket cheap their precarious livelihoods.
It also showed how South Koreans have become largely inured to threats from their impoverished and bellicose neighbor.
canadian goose jacket On Wednesday, Pyongyang barred access to the Kaesong Industrial park, where 123 mostly small South Korean firms employ 50,000 North Korean workers to make clothing, shoes and other goods.
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But out of 828 people who spent the night there just 222 had indicated they wanted to return to canada goose South Korea canada goose outlet online on Thursday, with the rest continuing to try to keep their factories running.
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Many South Koreans are used to the rhetoric from North Korea, which remains technically at cheap canada goose uk war with both the South and with the United States after an armistice rather than a peace treaty ended the 1950 53 Korean conflict.
North Korea has now staged three nuclear weapons tests, the most recent in February, which drew new sanctions from the United Nations.
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KAESONG, A BAROMETER OF FAITH IN UNITED KOREA The economic zone generates $2 billion a year in trade and pays an average canada goose factory sale $130 a month in wages to North Koreans who canada goose clearance might otherwise struggle to find a job in an economy that has shrunk over the past 20 years.
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Other South Koreans who have been in the zone said North Korean workers had been less friendly this week.
There were brief jitters in Seoul financial markets when one South Korean businessman said the North would close the zone on April 10.
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North request to several companies for a schedule of people returning to the South Canada Goose online by April 10 has been distorted to say the North had requested a total pullout, the ministry said.
South Korea has had to submit a list of those wishing entry to the complex three days in advance.
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