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Today in Bizarro-world: North Korea wants to re-open Kaesong

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By Jake Maxwell Watts
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Like an attention-seeking toddler who threw his toys out of the pram and now wants them back, North Korea said on Tuesday that South Korean businessmen could return to the Kaesong industrial complex.

Kaesong, once a symbol of North and South co-operation and the source of much needed cash for Kim Jong-un’s regime, was emptied in April when North Korea inexplicably kicked out hundreds of South Korean managers, sent 50,000 workers home, and threatened to start a nuclear war. Given that the South Korean managers were briefly held captive and then escaped with unsold stock tied to the roofs of their cars, it seems unlikely that their response will be terribly enthusiastic.

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