South Korea voiced regret on Thursday at North Korea's decision to spurn an offer of formal talks on removing goods from a joint industrial complex closed by military tensions.
South Korean cars return from the Kaesong industrial complex in North Korea, arriving at a gate of the inter-Korean transit office in the border city of Paju, on April 30, 2013. The North barred S.Korean access to the zone and pulled out its own 53,000 workers early last month. Seoul withdrew the last of its nationals 10 days ago.
"It's very regrettable," said Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Hyung-Suk, again urging Pyongyang to negotiate over the South Korean firms forced to withdraw from the Kaesong zone, 10 kilometres (six miles) inside North Korea.
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