First foreign buyer leaves for North Korean industrial complex


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A German buyer headed Friday to the North Korean industrial complex at Kaesong, becoming the first non-Korean to be allowed to travel to the experimental site joining South Korean know-how with cheap Northern land and labour. 

Petra Beate Krannich-Oehame traveled overland across the heavily fortified frontier dividing the peninsula and is expected to tour a facility belonging to LivingArt, a South Korean kitchenware manufacturer that operates one of four factories in the complex in the border village. 

Krannich-Oehame, who works for German household goods producer Schwerter-Email, was expected to return to Seoul later Friday. 

LivingArt last December became the first company to deliver goods made at the Kaesong complex, the most visible outcome of a landmark 2000 summit between the leaders of the rival Koreas. 

North Korea agreed last month to permit foreign buyers to travel to the industrial complex, which had been formerly accessible only to North and South Koreans. - AP 

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