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  • A South Korean vehicle carrying products from North Korea's Kaesong industrial complex arrives at the customs, immigration and quarantine office near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Saturday, April 27, 2013. South Korea said Friday that it has decided to withdraw the roughly 175 South Koreans still at a jointly run factory complex in North Korea, raising a major question about the survival of the last symbol of inter-Korean cooperation. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
  • PAJU, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 27: South Korean workers arriving from the Kaesong joint industrial complex in North Korea at the inter-Korean transit office on April 27, 2013 in Paju, South Korea. South Korean Unification Ministry annouced yesterday to withdraw all 170 remaining workers from Kaesong industrial complex after failing to persuade the North to restart the talk seeking the normalization of Kaesong's operation. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
  • South Korean vehicles carrying products from North Korea's Kaesong industrial complex arrive at the customs, immigration and quarantine office near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Saturday, April 27, 2013. South Korea said Friday that it has decided to withdraw the roughly 175 South Koreans still at a jointly run factory complex in North Korea, raising a major question about the survival of the last symbol of inter-Korean cooperation. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
  • PAJU, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 27: South Koren workers arriving from the Kaesong joint industrial complex in North Korea at the inter-Korean transit office on April 27, 2013 in Paju, South Korea. South Korean Unification Ministry annouced yesterday to withdraw all 170 remaining workers from Kaesong industrial complex after failing to persuade the North to restart the talk seeking the normalization of Kaesong's operation. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
  • TOPSHOTS- A South Korean car carrying products made in inter-Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea, arrives at a gate of the inter-Korean transit office in the border city of Paju on April 27, 2013. Dozens of South Korean workers returned from a jointly run factory park in North Korea on 27 April as part of an evacuation of the flagship project following months of military tensions. AFP PHOTO / KIM JAE-HWANKIM JAE-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images
  • PAJU, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 27: South Koren workers arriving from the Kaesong joint industrial complex in North Korea at the inter-Korean transit office on April 27, 2013 in Paju, South Korea. South Korean Unification Ministry annouced yesterday to withdraw all 170 remaining workers from Kaesong industrial complex after failing to persuade the North to restart the talk seeking the normalization of Kaesong's operation. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
  • PAJU, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 27: South Koren workers arriving from the Kaesong joint industrial complex in North Korea at the inter-Korean transit office on April 27, 2013 in Paju, South Korea. South Korean Unification Ministry annouced yesterday to withdraw all 170 remaining workers from Kaesong industrial complex after failing to persuade the North to restart the talk seeking the normalization of Kaesong's operation. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
  • PAJU, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 27: South Korean workers unload their products made in North Korea's after arrive from the Kaesong joint industrial complex in North Korea at the inter-Korean transit office on April 27, 2013 in Paju, South Korea. South Korean Unification Ministry annouced yesterday to withdraw all 170 remaining workers from Kaesong industrial complex after failing to persuade the North to restart the talk seeking the normalization of Kaesong's operation. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
  • PAJU, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 27: South Korean workers unload their products made in North Korea's after arrive from the Kaesong joint industrial complex in North Korea at the inter-Korean transit office on April 27, 2013 in Paju, South Korea. South Korean Unification Ministry annouced yesterday to withdraw all 170 remaining workers from Kaesong industrial complex after failing to persuade the North to restart the talk seeking the normalization of Kaesong's operation. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
  • PAJU, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 27: South Korean workers arriving from the Kaesong joint industrial complex in North Korea at the inter-Korean transit office on April 27, 2013 in Paju, South Korea. South Korean Unification Ministry annouced yesterday to withdraw all 170 remaining workers from Kaesong industrial complex after failing to persuade the North to restart the talk seeking the normalization of Kaesong's operation. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
  • PAJU, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 27: South Korean workers unload their products made in North Korea's after arrive from the Kaesong joint industrial complex in North Korea at the inter-Korean transit office on April 27, 2013 in Paju, South Korea. South Korean Unification Ministry annouced yesterday to withdraw all 170 remaining workers from Kaesong industrial complex after failing to persuade the North to restart the talk seeking the normalization of Kaesong's operation. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
  • South Korean vehicles carrying products from North Korea's Kaesong industrial complex arrive at the customs, immigration and quarantine office near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Saturday, April 27, 2013. South Korea said Friday that it has decided to withdraw the roughly 175 South Koreans still at a jointly run factory complex in North Korea, raising a major question about the survival of the last symbol of inter-Korean cooperation. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
  • PAJU, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 27: South Korean workers arriving from the Kaesong joint industrial complex in North Korea at the inter-Korean transit office on April 27, 2013 in Paju, South Korea. South Korean Unification Ministry annouced yesterday to withdraw all 170 remaining workers from Kaesong industrial complex after failing to persuade the North to restart the talk seeking the normalization of Kaesong's operation. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
  • PAJU, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 27: South Korean workers arriving from the Kaesong joint industrial complex in North Korea at the inter-Korean transit office on April 27, 2013 in Paju, South Korea. South Korean Unification Ministry annouced yesterday to withdraw all 170 remaining workers from Kaesong industrial complex after failing to persuade the North to restart the talk seeking the normalization of Kaesong's operation. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
  • South Korean workers unload their products to a truck as they returned from North Korea's Kaesong industrial complex, at the customs, immigration and quarantine office near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Saturday, April 27, 2013. South Korea said Friday that it has decided to withdraw the roughly 175 South Koreans still at a jointly run factory complex in North Korea, raising a major question about the survival of the last symbol of inter-Korean cooperation. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
  • PAJU, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 27: South Korean workers unload their products made in North Korea's after arrive from the Kaesong joint industrial complex in North Korea at the inter-Korean transit office on April 27, 2013 in Paju, South Korea. South Korean Unification Ministry annouced yesterday to withdraw all 170 remaining workers from Kaesong industrial complex after failing to persuade the North to restart the talk seeking the normalization of Kaesong's operation. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
Around 175 South Korean workers have been forced to pack up their belongings and leave a group of jointly operated factories in North Korea after tensions continued to escalate between the two countries. The workers piled tools and finished products high onto the roofs of regular passenger cars as they evacuated as quickly as possible.

North Korea says the ongoing talks with its southern neighbor geared toward keeping the factory complex operational were "deceptive" given that the US and South Korean armed forces continue to practice joint drills nearby. South Korea, meanwhile, was concerned that workers could be deprived of food or medicine if the situation continued to sour.

The evacuation has placed the future of factories operated jointly by the two countries into question and marks the most significant casualty of the continued degradation of relations between the neighbors. It is unclear when or if the facilities will reopen.


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      Kuro Houou
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pretty sure that's not their belongings but clothes and materials from the factories that were producing them. Getting every last bit of product out.
      gork
      • 2 Years Ago
      Next time, don't forget to keep a pile of duct tape in the closet.
      digiboi
      • 2 Years Ago
      Necessity, mother of invention.
      Vergenbuurg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Probably because I'm weird, but I like seeing the Korean cars in their home market... be it for the slight stylistic changes between North American ones and KDM, or even the ones we never see here, like the Samsungs, Ssangyongs, and that one Daewoo Korando...
        AngeloD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Vergenbuurg
        +1: I wish they would import the old Korando Rhino into the US. I was impressed by it when I lived in the RoK.
          BILL
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AngeloD
          It is quite nice but I wonder how much gas it uses. I live in Ulsan South Korea.
      Heeltoehero
      • 2 Years Ago
      So sad I see stuff like that out here in the sticks...
      carfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      you see gypsies in Europe travelling like this..the gypsies have nicer cars though
      mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      You all believe everything you read? Do you believe North Korea are the bad guys?
        juststudent
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mike
        You can go into North Korea to write us live report. you know, they said it's a paradise, what could be go wrong?
        Ben Doolittle
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mike
        Are you quoting Dennis Rodman?
        flynnhadskeath
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mike
        Really? So you believe that the little dictator has not said and done all things the media is reporting? You think they are all making it up? You think everyone from Fox News to CNN to the BBC is under Obama's thumb? Really?
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mike
        Please tell me you are kidding. Mike, you need to educate yourself if you really think that everything said or written about NK is fictitious. You might want to start with prison camps.
        digiboi
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mike
        Yeah, I do. Since I have friends who have volunteered as surgeons, I have a pretty good idea of what life in North Korea is like without media distortion. Look up the term disappeared and realize that in any dictatorship, this happens a lot. In N. Korea, it happens if you do not reverently pray for thanks to the Kim family for everything.
        AngeloD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mike
        @mike: How many North Korean refugees have to risk their lives escaping from the North with stories of brutal repression and famine to convince you?
        Mandarin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mike
        Yes, I do. And I demand my govt. to fkin bombard that stupid-ass joint venture with terrorists up in north.
        Big Squid
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mike
        Automatically believing the opposite of everything you read is just as naive and twice as crazy.
      digijedi569
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, I will give North Korea that, The United States are very deceptive, sneaky, and sly, just about as trustworthy as the devil himself.
        AngeloD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @digijedi569
        @bigidiot569: You should move to North Korea. I'm sure it will be everything that the United States isn't for you.
        BILL
        • 2 Years Ago
        @digijedi569
        Yeah man I hope you enjoy your new life in the North. I hope they will feed you from time to time.
        Spartan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @digijedi569
        digijedi569, so when are you moving to North Korea? I have a one way ticket to Pyongyang just for you.
        dukeisduke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @digijedi569
        That's the thanks we get for all the humanitarian assistance we've provided to the Norks.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        michigan
        • 2 Years Ago
        Also almost every late 90s Taurus or Sable you'll see is riding low in the back on broken springs
      Mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      you can see clearly that everyone over there drives Korean Junk despite it being Junk, yet here idiots do not want to buy from their own companies, they run to these foreign companies to buy their junk. Dudes, Buy from your own, the whole world does that.
        treeinsc
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mbukukanyau
        yeah, big three definitely need more idiots to buy their junks.
        tomace2013
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mbukukanyau
        Clearly you can see that these countries only allow the people to buy their home built cars and allow very few foreign cars in.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      How is that even legal there, covering all the windows on the passenger side.
        Rotation
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KAG
        The vehicles are unloaded once they get into South Korea. So they only have the windows covered when in North Korea. You think North Korea has a lot of laws about how you can drive cars given no one owns them except for politburo who aren't held to the law anyway?
        avconsumer2
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KAG
        So... 1. Leave everything you own forever. or 2. give it a try risking a cop stopping you and not letting you travel North Korean highways one last time on your way out of the country with some windows blocked... Seriously?
        riserburn99andre
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KAG
        The North probably didn't want their people seeing all the tech that the Southerners had. The same reason they block looking at the border so that the people can't see the farmers who are on tractors working at the border.
      T-Mille
      • 2 Years Ago
      #stancenation
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