UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) shakes hands with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye during a meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul May 20, 2015. REUTERS/Jung Yeon-je/Pool
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday that North Korea has canceled an invitation for him to visit a factory park in the country that is the last major cooperation project between the rival Koreas.Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister, would have been the first U.N. chief to visit the factory park, which opened in 2004 and is a rare legitimate source of foreign currency for the impoverished North, and the first U.N. head to visit North Korea since Boutros Boutros-Ghali in 1993 .However, the park's operations were halted for five months in 2013 after North Korea withdrew its 53,000 workers amid tension over a torrent of threats by the North to launch nuclear attacks on Seoul and Washington.
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