Senior N.K. official visits Kaesong complex

A senior official of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) visited the Kaesong Industrial Complex on Monday and ordered officials to prepare for all possibilities, Pyongyang's official media said.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) monitored in Seoul, said secretary general of the WPK's Central Committee Kim Yang-gon visited the general bureau of the industrial zone's management center.

The country's official news wire service said Kim pointed out that circumstances at the industrial park have become tense because of the provocations made against North Korea's dignity by the United States and South Korea, and called on all officials to be prepared for any developments that could occur.

The report said the secretary general provided detailed plans to be followed by North Korean officials at the border town located just north of the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas, although it provided no details on the specific plans.

The sudden visit by the official in charge of inter-Korean affairs at the ruling party comes after the North banned all South Korean personnel and workers from entering the complex that is home to 123 companies last Wednesday.Because of the ban, 13 South Koreans companies have closed operations and others are expected to follow from lack of raw materials and parts. There are still more than 500 South Korean workers at the industrial park.