2 Koreas move closer to agreement on factory park

Rival Koreas move closer to agreement on reopening shuttered factory park

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2 Koreas move closer to reopening factory park
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Kim Kiwoong, right, the head of South Korea's working-level delegation, shakes hands with his North Korean counterpart Park Chol Su, left, before their meeting at Kaesong Industrial District Management Committee in Kaesong, North Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. Officials from North and South Korea resumed talks Wednesday over the fate of a shuttered factory park the rivals jointly ran until Pyongyang pulled out its workers in April. (AP Photo/Korea Pool via Yonhap) KOREA OUT

PAJU, South Korea (AP) -- North and South Korea moved closer to an agreement on reopening a jointly run factory park but provided no indication when the shuttered complex might resume work.

The Kaesong factory park located just north of the South's border was the last remaining major rapprochement project between the Koreas before Pyongyang stopped operations in April amid a torrent of war threats.

The Koreas released a statement Wednesday saying they will "actively" make efforts to help South Korean companies repair facilities and resume operations at Kaesong. The Koreas also agreed that a restarted factory would include Internet and mobile phone connections.

The statement, while not conclusive, marked an improvement on six past failed rounds of talks. The last round ended in a scuffle.

The Koreas technically remain in a state of war.

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