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North Korea bars South Korea from shared industrial park

North Korea has decided to bar entry to South Korean workers to the joint Kaesong industrial park, and is currently permitting South Koreans staying at the border town to leave the facility only.

The move came only a day after the North announced it would restart the Yongbyon nuclear reactor, and step up production of nuclear weapons materials, an announcement that was fast met with international condemnation.

The joint factory zone earns North Korea around $2 billion a year, writes Reuters, which adde that the area houses 123 companies and around 50,000 North Korean workers, as well as a few hundred South Korean workers.

Over 800 South Korean workers had spent the night in the park, added Reuters, as the South demanded that entry to the park be restored.

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