- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 15, 2009

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (AP) - The South Korean government says North Korea has reopened the border to allow South Koreans who work at a joint industrial complex to return home.

Unification Ministry spokeswoman Lee Jong-joo says the North lifted the ban on crossing the border _ one of the world’s most heavily armed frontiers _ which it closed on Friday.

Tensions have increased on the divided Korean peninsula over the North’s plans to launch a rocket.

The Kaesong industrial complex combines South Korean technology and management expertise with North Korea’s cheap labor. It has been a key source of much-needed hard currency for the impoverished North. The more than 100 South Korean factories there employ about 38,000 North Korean workers.

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