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North Korea rejects Seoul's offer for talks on Kaesong

North shuns South proposal for talks over the future of the Kaesong industrial complex, deeming Seoul's approach "deceptive."

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Dozens of South Korean activists hold anti-North Korea placards and chant slogans during an anti-Pyongyang rally in Seoul on April 15, 2013. (Kim Jae-Hwan/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea has rejected a proposal from Seoul to discuss the fate of the joint Kaesong industrial complex, deeming the Southern offer of talks to be "deceptive," according to CNN sources. 

"If the South's puppet group looks away from reality and pursues the worsening of the situation, we will be compelled to first take final and decisive grave measures," said a Northern spokesman to the Associated Press of the matter. 

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Soon after on Friday, South Korea announced it would be advising all remaining workers at Kaesong to leave, according to the Yonhap News Agency, after an announcement by Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae.

The South is particularly worried that its workers have been cut off from both food and medicine since April 3rd, and supplies are beginning to run uncomfortably low for the roughly 175 holdouts still at the facility, according to AP figures.

CNN reports that the South threatened of "grave" consequences for the North if the talks were rejected, while the North replied soon after that it would respond with unpleasant consequences of its own dependent on Seoul's behavior.

The Kaesong complex houses 120 South Korean companies and was long seen as a small point of peace between the two nations, where cheap North Korean laborers could come in contact with major South Korean businesses.

However, North Korea came down hard on Kaesong in early April as tensions on the peninsula increased, keeping out both cargo and managers from the South, then recalling 53,000 Northern assembly line workers, according to Associated Press sources.

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