Freelance Journalist, Jason Strother
For nearly a decade, North and South Korea have reached across the most heavily armed border in the world and co-operated in running an industrial park. Despite fiery rhetoric, overwrought bombast and actual military strikes, the two nations quietly collaborated to make clothing, textiles and car parts.
But yesterday, North Korea barred South Korean managers and trucks delivering supplies from crossing the border to enter the Kaesong industrial park. South Korean officials greeted the news with a measured response.
But the concern is palpable. The Kaesong plant produces about two-billion-dollars worth of goods every year and provides a valuable source of jobs and income for impoverished North Koreans.
Jason Strother is a freelance journalist and we reached him in Seoul, Korea.
Heritage Foundation, Bruce Klingner
The Kaesong Industrial Plant is hardly a secret, but a collaboration this large between nations so hostile may be surprising to many listeners. And it's been part of Korean border life for nearly a decade.
With more on how it came to be and what's now at stake, we were joined by Bruce Klingner. He's the former head of the CIA's Korea Branch and the former Deputy Division Chief for Korea with the CIA's Intelligence Directorate. Bruce Klingner is now a senior research fellow with the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Katy Oh
But if Kim Jong-un's bluster is just sound and fury -- it's not as if it signifies nothing. Life for many North Koreans is dire and may be getting worse. Katy Oh is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. She is the co -author of two books on North Korea: North Korea Through the Looking Glass and The Hidden People of North Korea. Katy Oh was in Springfield Virginia, hello!
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