ROK Drop

Avatar of Leon LaPorteBy on April 24th, 2013 at 10:23 pm

SKorea demands talks with NKorea on closed factory

The South Koreans have historically been susceptible to the whims of the norK regime during various cooperation schemes. It appears the ROK’s feel they are about to be burned again. Certainly, the Chaebols and business community are worried they may lose access to a much treasured supply of norK near-slave labor. One should not enter business dealings with a country one is at war with – and has a track record of being unpredictable.

South Korea on Thursday warned of an unspecified “grave measure” if North Korea rejects talks on a jointly run factory park shuttered for nearly a month — setting up the possible end of the last remaining major symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.

In a televised briefing with reporters, Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Hyung-suk refused to describe what Seoul would do if Pyongyang doesn’t respond by a deadline Friday to a demand for formal working-level talks on the industrial complex just over the heavily armed border in the North Korean town of Kaesong. But Seoul’s talk of a “grave measure” may be an attempt to signal it will pull out its remaining workers from the complex… [Houston Chronicle]

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  • Pete
    5:21 am on April 25th, 2013 1

    The chaebols are a bit too money-hungry, doncha think? Given the unpredictability of the Norkos, and the fact that the SK workers are de facto designated hostages in a conflict, it seems to me that that they would have had enough by now. They should just go and abuse some other third worlders, like everyone else.

  • Alex
    6:26 am on April 25th, 2013 2

    They should take a page from the North and say they will turn Pyongyang into a sea of fire if they don’t comply! LOL

  • Flunky Brewster
    1:24 pm on April 25th, 2013 3

    How much profit have they made over the years?

  • Tom
    4:05 pm on April 25th, 2013 4

    #1, it isn’t the Chaebols idiot. They are the SME’s of Korea who are getting burned. Where do these ignorant Americans come from anyway?

  • Avatar of Leon LaPorteLeon LaPorte
    4:49 pm on April 25th, 2013 5

    Tommy, Even if the Chaebols are not directly involved, these businesses are associated with the Chaebols and I bet you they have a vested interest in the success of this enterprise – or else it would never have happened.

    I also have a hard time feeling bad for the Southern managers and their deprivations. One thing, they are using their norK brothers and sisters as damn near slave labor. Also, as far as one may be concerned, they are aiding the ROK’s sworn enemy with whom they are still at war. It’s hard to feel sorry for these companies and the managers at Kaesong.

  • Avatar of Leon LaPorteLeon LaPorte
    5:15 pm on April 25th, 2013 6

    4. Just one example: GS Bucheon in Kaesong produces cables and wires that will make their way into Samsung and LG refrigerators and washing machines assembled in factories in China and Southeast Asia.

    Read more:

  • TxL8r
    2:12 am on April 26th, 2013 7

    Leon LaPorte, Agree, there is a [in-]vested interest in the Kaesong enterprise. Do not agree that this interest is inherently greedy or should be maligned. It is a small commercial prompt towards moving the nK regieme ever so slowly towards legitimate commercial enterprise. It is in this aspect that the success of Kaesong is very important to maintain, especially as the nK tries its usual stomp and whine routine. President Park is calling the bluff, and the demand for talks to re-open the factories is, I believe, rooted in this spirit.

    It is very simplistic and somewhat smug to suggest that the SK businesses are conducting “damn near slave labor”, as you have done. I guess that means the labor is close to, but apparently not quite, work done by slaves. What, pray tell, is your measuring stick for conditions that equal slave labor? Would it be the pitifully small wages? I imagine that answer is yes, due to a comparison of what the nK counterparts would earn or be paid. But that does not make it slave-like work. Or perhaps it is the fact that the nK workers labor under cruel and demeaning stares, shouts and beratings from their SK managers? Perhaps you have experience in observing slave labor, as your bio suggests that you were in fact an entrepreneur and one would assume, managed labor in your businesses, and this is the frame of reference for your position? I am not suggesting that you did, however.

    Would you kindly support your ridiculous claim with something other than your own bluster and bravado? Perhaps a video or link or pictures of conditions in the factory? Otherwise, you have made a hollow claim, and your suggestion that SK Chaebols are the greedy source behind Kaesong industries rings blatantly cynical.

  • Flunky Brewster
    2:22 am on April 26th, 2013 8

    Tom, the Chaebol’s call the shots in South Korea. No approval from the Chaebol’s, no Kaesong, in the first place. Wake up to smell the coffee burning and the dog tearing up your newspaper.

  • Tom
    4:25 am on April 26th, 2013 9

    Average profit for 123 South Korean companies reached $56,000 in 2011 for the first time.

    I didn’t know SK had that many (123 in total) Chaebol companies making pots and pans, and managing North Korean workers sewing T-shirts and pants. I also want to wear one of those Samsung T-shirts. :roll:

    Sometimes I really do wonder which fantasy world these know it all ESL teachers and GI’s live in. :roll:

  • Tom
    4:39 am on April 26th, 2013 10

    If KIA and Hyundai can open up car factories, and Samsung can open up computer chip factories in cheap labor areas in the US, to help out Americans, why can’t KIA and Hyundai and Samsung open up toy factories in Kaesong to help North Korea to come out of their isolated shell? This is all about economic aid for North Korea and United States.


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