April 27 - Seoul pulls out its remaining workers from Kaesong joint industrial zone while South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se meets U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns for talks. Sunita Rappai reports.
Returning from North Korea - South Korean workers are pulled out of Kaesong factory park by Seoul. The jointly run industrial zone, located just north of the armed border, is the last remaining channel of exchange between the two Koreas. The move occurred after Pyongyang rejected a call for formal talks, deepening the conflict between the two countries. One worker said he hoped the situation would be resolved soon. SOUNDBITE) (Korean) RETURNED SOUTH KOREAN WORKER, WHO REFUSED TO GIVE HIS NAME, SAYING: "I was supposed to work today, but I had to come out as the factory got shut down. I feel very sad. I hope things get normalized soon so that I can work again." South Korea's unification ministry said 126 workers, including one Chinese worker had returned, as well as 75 vehicles. Fifty remaining workers are due to return on Monday. Meanwhile, South Korean foreign minister Yun Byung-Se met with U. S Deputy Secretary of State William Burns in Seoul on Saturday to boost diplomatic ties. The two are expected to discuss bilateral issues ahead of summit talks next month between U.S President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hue in Washington D.C.