South Korea and the Democratic People 's Republic of Korea (DPRK) started their first sub-panel talks in more than two months about travel, communication and customs of the Kaesong industrial complex as scheduled, Seoul's Unification Ministry said Friday.
The ministry said by phone that representatives from Seoul and Pyongyang held the scheduled dialogue as of 10 a.m. local time to discuss the introduction of an electronic system to control passage of businessmen to and from Kaesong through the radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.
The usage of mobile phones and the Internet connectivity will also be discussed at the sub-committee meeting for travel, communication and customs, which was first held since the latest talks on Sept. 13.
Unification Ministry spokeswoman Park Soo-jin said at Wednesday 's press briefing that the meeting planned to discuss the adoption of the RFID within this year along with the Internet connectivity and mobile phone usage.
Seoul has made progress without a hitch on preparations for the introduction, but there remained cooperation from the DPRK needed to adopt the system, which will be discussed at the meeting, Park said.
Park said the South Korean government aimed to introduce the RFID system and the Internet connectivity in the inter-Korean factory park within this year.
The two Koreas held working-level talks on three other subcommittees, including those for investment protection, internationalization and rules on staying in the complex, for two days through Nov. 14.
Following the five-month-long hiatus, Seoul and Pyongyang agreed to restart the joint factory park where around 120 South Korean companies run factories.
Under the agreement, the two Koreas should have held the sub- panel talks every month.