“If it evaporates, there is officially nothing in terms of economic ties between the countries,” he said.
South Korea’s new unification minister, Ryoo Kihl-jae, says new President Park Geun-hye is open to dialogue with North Korea.
“We have repeatedly said this, but what we want from the Kaesong industrial complex is stable maintenance and development,” he said in Seoul on Friday.
Inside Kaesong, managers and workers avoid talking politics. In Seoul, South Korea is called “hanguk” in Korean; in Kaesong, they simply call the country “Choson,” the pre-division name for Korea.
Similarly, the labels on ShinWon’s garments read simply: Made in Korea.
“We don’t say ‘DPRK’ or ‘North Korea,”’ Hwang said. “Southerners won’t know if it’s made in South Korea or North Korea — but the quality is just as high.”
He said he’s looking forward to the day when everything made on the Korean Peninsula can bear that same label.
“We’re waiting for the day when the country will be reunified,” he said. “We’re working hard every day.”