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North Korea producing garments at closed inter-Korean industrial park: report

All Headlines 11:55 January 30, 2018

SEOUL, Jan, 30 (Yonhap) -- North Korea is covertly producing garments at a shuttered inter-Korean industrial park and distributing them in its local markets, reports said Tuesday.

Tokyo-based Asia Press International (API) reported that it had surveyed the distribution process of clothing produced at the Kaesong Industrial Complex in the North's border city of Kaesong, through multiple North Korean sources, according to Radio Free Asia.

The complex, launched in 2004, involved 124 South Korean companies and 54,000 North Korean workers before Seoul shut it down in February 2016 in response to the North's fourth nuclear and long-range missile tests.

API reported the products from the complex are being circulated in the North Korean markets without company trademarks or logos, simply under the name of "industrial complex products."

The source also said the goods are being handed over directly to newly wealthy individuals who, in turn, distribute them in local cities.

Kaesong products are popular among the rich in North Korea, as they are of good quality, albeit more expensive than Chinese goods, the source said.

This undated file photo shows the Kaesong Industrial Complex. (Yonhap)


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