October 23, 2021

Kaesong shut-down scandal: What Pres. Park’s decision means for N. Korea policy

Complex was improperly closed, experts say, but new UN sanctions mean it is unlikely to re-open

South Korea's Ministry of Unification (MOU) admitted on Thursday that there was no evidence to back the former government of Park Geun-hye's claims that wages paid to workers at the Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC) had been diverted to fund the development of weapons of mass destruction in North Korea.

The MOU was responding to an investigation by a group of nine civilian experts that it had tasked with analyzing the former government's North Korea policy amid concern from figures in the current administration that the shut-down of Kaesong had been ordered abruptly without proper evidence.