Vehicles leaving the Kaesong joint industrial zone pass through disinfectant spray before a checkpoint at the CIQ immigration centre near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North an South Korea, in Paju on February 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / YONHAP
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Under the gaze of armed soldiers, large white trucks streamed across the world's most armed border Thursday as South Korean workers Thursday began shutting down a jointly run industrial park in North Korea.It was unclear how long the shutdown at the industrial complex in the border city of Kaesong would last, or even how long it would take South Korean companies to close down. Pyongyang has yet to comment, but Seoul said that North Korean workers did not report to work at Kaesong on Thursday.The South's Unification Ministry, which is responsible for ties with the North, said about 130 South Koreans planned to enter Kaesong on Thursday to begin shutdown work, and that nearly 70 South Koreans who had been staying there would be leaving.South Korean President Park Geun-hye has now done something her conservative predecessor resisted, even after two attacks blamed on North Korea killed 50 South Koreans in 2010 .Some South Korean snacks have become popular among North Korean workers.
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