North and South Korea agreed Thursday to hold talks about reopening a jointly-run industrial estate which had shut down amid high military tensions.
View of the inter-Korean industrial complex in Kaesong from a South Korean observation tower in Paju, on December 22, 2011. Kaesong was established in 2004 as a rare symbol of cross-border cooperation, with some 53,000 North Koreans working for 123 South Korean firms in recent months. North Korea has agreed to hold talks with South Korea about reopening the Kaesong joint industrial zone.
The agreement follows months of friction and threats of war by Pyongyang, after its February nuclear test attracted tougher UN sanctions.