South Korean officials took the North Korean delegates out of the room, and a North Korean delegate insulted South Korean officials, reportedly calling them bums and gangsters. Chief North Korean delegate Pak Chol Su told reporters that North Korea made “sincere efforts” to resume operations at the complex, according to the pool reports.
Later Thursday, South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Hyung-suk told reporters that Seoul would “make a grave decision” if North Korea doesn’t provide a guarantee that it won’t engineer future unilateral Kaesong shutdowns. He didn’t elaborate, but said he believes Kaesong’s fate is now at a “serious crossroads” after the end of Thursday’s talks.
Chief South Korean delegate Kim Kiwoong told reporters that there were big differences between the Koreas on the matter of Seoul’s desire for the guarantee.