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North and South Korea to meet over Kaesong industrial complex

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  • S.Korea says N.Korea has agreed to meet on June 11 to talk about complex
  • The Koreas jointly run the Kaesong industrial complex along their border
  • First talks in more than one year ended after just 22 minutes in March
  • N. Korea announced in May that all contracts at complex were null and void
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(CNN) -- North Korean officials agreed to a rare meeting with South Korea to discuss their jointly run industrial complex along their border, a contentious issue for both sides.

North Korean officials proposed to meet on June 11, to discuss the Kaesong Industrial Complex, the South Korean Ministry of Unification said. South Korea accepted the offer.

The new meeting comes amid nuclear tensions between the two Koreas and following awkward talks in March that ended after only 22 minutes. The March talks were the first government-to-government talks between the two Koreas in more than a year.

The two sides were to discuss business deals tied to the Kaesong complex in North Korea. The talks broke off after the North Korean delegation refused to discuss the release of a detained South Korean worker, saying he was not on the agenda, according to South Korean officials.

In May, North Korea announced that all contracts relating to a complex were null and void. The North also said that if the South does not accept the North's unilateral demands, South Korean companies can leave the Kaesong complex.

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