By Alastair Jamieson and Andrea Mitchell, NBC News
North Korea has banned South Korean workers from the jointly run Kaesong industrial zone in the latest escalation of the diplomatic crisis surrounding the rogue nuclear state.
Seoul said about 800 South Koreans who had stayed overnight at the complex were being allowed to return home, but that new workers were not being allowed across the border.
Kaesong, a major source of income for the impoverished, communist North, is home to 124 South Korean companies that employ 53,000 North Korean workers in a cross-border, heavily fortified joint enterprise. Permission is granted on a daily basis for South Korean workers to cross into the complex, situated in the North, the BBC reported. Continue reading.