SKorea Catholic cardinal makes 1st visit to NKorea

(AP) A Roman Catholic cardinal from South Korea visited North Korea for the first time Wednesday, despite rekindled animosity between the neighboring countries.

Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung and other South Korean priests traveled to a joint North-South industrial park in Kaesong, North Korea, to tour the complex and meet South Koreans working there.

Yeom told reporters after his return from the one-day visit that seeing South and North Koreans working in harmony gave him hope that the two countries can “overcome their pain and sorrow.”

The joint industrial park, located just north of the heavily armed border, is the last remaining cross-border rapprochement project between the rival Koreas. It combines South Korean initiative, capital and technology with cheap North Korean labor. Operations at the decade-old complex were suspended for months last year when tensions sharply rose over repeated North Korean threats of nuclear war. [more]