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SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's presidential office is calmly handling tensions with North Korea, including concerns over the fate of a joint industrial complex in the communist nation, officials said Thursday.

National Security Office Chief Kim Jang-soo has been holding a meeting with the senior presidential security secretary and other related officials every morning to monitor the situation since tensions spiked over Pyongyang's threats of war, presidential spokeswoman Kim Haing said.

The top office is also working closely with related ministries, she said.

"Cheong Wa Dae is not an agency that makes a fuss about (everything)," the spokeswoman quoted the national security office as saying, after reports that the North ordered all South Koreans leave the industrial complex in the border city of Kaesong in less than a week.

The reports turned out to be incorrect, though Pyongyang did later threaten to order a full withdrawal of North Korean workers running their factories in the complex. Since Wednesday, the North has been banning South Koreans from entering the complex, though those already there are allowed to return to the South.

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