The political decision to shut down the Kaesong Industrial Complex took many South Korean businesses there by surprise. It is unclear when - or whether - the special zone inside North Korea, once a symbol of inner-Korean cooperation, will reopen.
A major in the North Korean military and a civilian have been found in the Yellow Sea while trying to defect to South Korea. It is the first time in a decade a North Korean military officer has defected to the South.
South Korea has said Pyongyang has promised to close its nuclear testing site next month in the presence of US experts. The pledge follows last week's historic inter-Korean summit.
The US president has welcomed South Korean President Moon Jae-in to discuss the denuclearization of North Korea. The meeting comes amid concerns that Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim next month might collapse.
Even if North Korea's Kim Jong Un seems more prepared than ever to cooperate, US President Donald Trump will not be able to dispel China's influence on the Korean peninsula. Quite the opposite, says DW's Frank Sieren.
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