A group of 175 South Koreans have been withdrawn from a jointly run factory complex in North Korea amid concerns of increasing tension between the two countries.
The emergency evacuation follows an earlier North Korean rejection of a South Korean demand for talks on the labour complex that has been closed nearly a month.
Both sides have warned of taking “grave measures” over the dispute but did not say what they might be.
In a statement, the South Korean minister in charge of inter-Korean relations said he was worried about the workers not having access to food and medicine.
Pyongyang’s powerful National Defence Commission earlier said Seoul’s demand for working-level talks was deceptive and that ongoing US-South Korean military drills and the spreading of anti-North Korea leaflets at the border were proof of Seoul’s insincerity. [The Daily Mail]