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Representatives from nearly 60 companies that run factories at the joint complex completed
their visits to the border town today. after checking on production facilities.
The trips made the businessmen a bit more comfortable about the current state of affairs,.
but they are still calling for proper countermeasures to prevent similar incidents from recurring.
Our Hwang Ji-hye has the details. The first check-up on factories at the Gaeseong Industrial
Complex in more than three months since the North suspended operations reportedly went
smoothly. Representatives from 59 companies,. mostly
electronics manufacturers, crossed the border into the North on Wednesday. and confirmed
with their eyes that the conditions of their factories were in better shape than expected.
The businessmen will retrieve finished goods starting Friday.
They added however,. that a thorough check-up over a longer period of time with a team of
mechanics is critical. This time around,. only one representative
from each company visited the complex. and they weren't allowed to stay for a full day
to conduct inspections.
The businessmen stress that preventing a similar scenario from happening again is of the utmost
concern. Without proper countermeasures,. they say
their buyers won't come back. The rest of the representatives, including
textiles manufacturers, from more than 60 companies will make the same trip on Thursday.
The two day visit of businessmen to Gaeseong may be providing a bit of a silver lining
through all of the diplomatic wrangling between the two Koreas, but they also realize that
there's still a ways to go before their factories will be up and running again.
Hwang Ji-hye, Arirang News.