North and South Korea failed to reach agreement on July 15 on reopening a jointly-run industrial estate, dimming hopes of an early improvement in ties after months of friction. A third round of talks about the complex, which followed two failed attempts this month, again ended without agreement, the South’s unification ministry said. The latest meeting was held at the suspended Kaesong industrial complex, which opened in 2004 10 kilometers north of the heavily-fortified border as a rare symbol of cooperation. The zone had long remained resilient to turbulence in ties but eventually became the most high-profile victim of the latest flare-up following Pyongyang’s February nuclear test.
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