SKorea To Ease Equipment Ban At NKorea Factory

South Korea says it will ease some restrictions on bringing heavy equipment into an industrial park in North Korea that's run by both Koreas.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says it will ease some restrictions on bringing heavy equipment into an industrial park in North Korea that's run by both Koreas.

Seoul set up the restrictions last year after blaming North Korea for the deadly sinking of a warship. Pyongyang denies any role.

South Korean Unification Ministry spokeswoman Park Soo-jin told reporters Wednesday that the restrictions will be eased on a case-by-case basis.

The announcement comes after South Korean lawmakers visited the factory park in the North Korean border city of Kaesong last week and relayed South Korean companies' complaints about the restrictions to the government.

The park employs more than 50,000 North Korean workers despite frayed ties between the Koreas.

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