Koreas agree to conduct inspection of production facilities at Kaesong complex

PANMUNJOM, Korea, July 7 (Yonhap) -- South and North Korea agreed Sunday to conduct inspections of manufacturing facilities that have been idle for nearly three months after conducting marathon negotiations aimed at normalizing operations at the inter-Korean industrial complex.

Seoul's Ministry of Unification said inspections will be carried out at the Kaesong Industrial Complex starting Wednesday. It added that the two sides agreed to later discuss implementing safeguards to prevent another shutdown of the industrial park.

Seoul and Pyongyang, in addition, agreed on the retrieval of finished goods and raw materials needed to make products from the border town, with the North pledging safe passage over the demilitarized zone for South Korean personnel, the ministry in charge of cross-border relations said.

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