Ban gives statement on North Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave a statement on Wednesday about the possible reopening of the Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea.

Ban said that he was pleased by the agreement between South and North Korea on the re-opening of the Kaesong Industrial Complex. He said it was a positive, encouraging development.

Ban said the complex and has been a successful example of cooperation between the two Koreas. He said he hopes the opening of the complex will happen quickly so there will be no further interruptions. The complex can serve as a stepping stone for further constructive steps between the Koreas, such as the development of a mutual trust and the promotion of more inter-Korean relations.

Ban said he will continue encourage inter-Korean dialogue and cooperation, which he considers to be of "paramount importance" to a peaceful and stable Korean Peninsula.

The Kaesong Industrial Complex is located ten miles north of the Korean Demilitarized Zone in North Korea and was formed in 2002. The park employs approximately 53,000 North Korean workers and is an important source of production for South Korea and currency in North Korea. When tensions grew high in the Koreas in early April, North Korea blocked access to the park and shut down all activities.