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North reopens border to workers

March 18, 2009|FROM TIMES WIRE REPORTS

North Korea fully reopened its border to South Koreans commuting to jobs at factories in a northern economic zone after four days of restrictions, South Korean officials said.

The crossing was closed twice in a week, stranding hundreds of South Koreans who work in Kaesong and keeping new deliveries of raw materials from factories in the jointly run industrial complex.

About 280 South Koreans crossed into Kaesong, 200 others returned home, and about 100 others chose to spend the night in the enclave, officials said. North Korea did not explain the closure.

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