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Korean pact on factories could lead to reopening

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SEOUL — North and South Korea agreed Sunday to allow factory managers from the South to return to a jointly operated industrial park in the North for the first time in two months, but they said more talks were needed before the park, a symbol of inter-Korean cooperation, could be reopened.

The South Korean factory managers will be allowed to visit the park, the Kaesong Industrial Zone, in the North Korean border town of Kaesong, starting Wednesday to retrieve finished goods and production materials. They also will begin urgent maintenance work on the long-idled factories ahead of the possible resumption of operations.

Officials from the two sides will meet again Wednesday at Kaesong to discuss the terms of reopening the complex.

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