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S. Koreans neck and neck over reopening of Kaesong complex: Realmeter

All News 11:19 November 11, 2020

SEOUL, Nov. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Koreans are almost evenly divided over the reopening of the inter-Korean industrial complex of Kaesong, a poll showed Wednesday, before U.S President-elect Joe Biden maps out his North Korean policy.

In a survey conducted by Realmeter the previous day, 43.6 percent of 500 respondents aged 18 or older agreed with resuming operations of the Kaesong Industrial Complex in a preemptive way.

But 45.8 percent answered they disagree with it, while 10.6 percent said they are not familiar with the issue.

This image, provided by Realmeter, shows the result of a poll on the preemptive reopening of Kaesong Industrial Complex before the creation of U.S President-elect Joe Biden's North Korean policy. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

By political inclination, 61.5 percent of conservative respondents opposed the resumption of the industrial park, while 70.8 percent of liberals supported the idea. Among moderates, 55.9 percent are against the reopening.

The poll was commissioned by a local media outlet, OhmyNews, and the margin of error is plus and minus 4.4 percentage points.

This file photo, taken on Sept. 22, 2020, shows the inter-Korean industrial complex in North Korea's border town of Kaesong. (Yonhap)

Kaesong Industrial Complex, hailed as a symbol of inter-Korean economic cooperation, has been shut down since 2016 amid tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile provocations.

In June, North Korea demolished the inter-Korea joint liaison office in the complex, citing anti-Pyongyang propaganda leafleting by North Korean defectors here as the reason.


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